Stuart Lancaster optimistic about fitness of Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe

Tadhg Furlong suffered an ankle injury
Tadhg Furlong suffered an ankle injury

Leinster senior coach Stuart Lancaster said he is optimistic of the chances of Tadhg Furlong and James Lowe featuring in the upcoming Heineken Champions Cup final against La Rochelle to be played at Stade Velodrome on Saturday.

Both the players sustained injuries during Leinster's semi-final win over Toulouse earlier in the month.

Furlong sustained an ankle injury during the clash with the French side while Lowe had hurt his shin.

"They are making good progress. We'll have a better idea tomorrow," Lancaster told RTÉ Sport.

"In terms of hindrance [to training], it is what it is.

"You often get these situations this time of year. They are both very good professionals in terms of attitude to rehab and recover and individual preparation so there’s no fear of them keeping them up to speed.

"It’s just making sure they’ll be fit and ready for match day. For quality players you give them as much time as you can.

"We’re hopeful but it’s not done and dusted yet."


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