Pro12: Leinster and Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss out for season
Last Updated: October 7, 2013 4:36pm
Richardt Strauss: Out for the season with heart condition
Leinster and Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss's heart condition will keep him out of rugby for the season.
South African-born Strauss, who made his debut for Ireland in 2012 after living in Ireland for the three years required for residency, underwent tests last week and missed Saturday's league defeat to Munster.
"Following the result of extensive medical tests, it has emerged that Ireland hooker Richardt Strauss has been diagnosed with a heart condition and will be unavailable for selection for the remainder of the season," Leinster said, in a statement.
"The management are confident that the 27-year-old, who is set to undergo surgery this week, will make a full recovery and will provide him with the best care in his recovery."
Strauss joined Leinster in 2009 and he has been an integral part of their squad since then, playing key roles in the 2010 and 2012 Heineken Cup final victories over Northampton and Ulster, respectively.
He made the first of four Ireland appearances in the November internationals last year, starting against South Africa and Argentina and scoring his maiden try in the 46-24 victory over the Pumas.
Leinster, meanwhile, rate star centre Brian O'Driscoll as having a 50-50 chance of being fit for next Saturday's Heineken opener against the Ospreys in Swansea.
O'Driscoll is nursing a calf muscle strain, and Leinster say at this stage he has not been ruled out of the selection mix.
South Africa international back Zane Kirchner could also be in the frame for next weekend after linking up with his new team-mates following commitments in the Rugby Championship.