Leinster offer Luke Fitzgerald new deal despite second serious knee injury
Last Updated: 20/03/13 10:24am
Luke Fitzgerald: Luckless Ireland star offered new deal
Ireland star Luke Fitzgerald will be offered a new contract by Leinster despite confirmation that he has torn his cruciate ligament again.
Fitzgerald first suffered the injury two years ago and needed a long spell on the sidelines to recover.
And he tore the same knee ligaments during Saturday's Six Nations defeat in Italy.
Last year he signed a one-year contract with Leinster that expires in June but despite Saturday's injury he will be offered a new deal by his club.
Leinster skills and kicking coach Richie Murphy told the Irish Independent: "There's an offer on the table for Luke and he should be back at the start of next season, and as far as I know the contract that has been offered is still there.
"I'm sure he's bitterly disappointed. He's had his fair share of injuries. You'd hope he can get himself back right and ready but he can't get too many more of them really.
"He works really hard to make sure he's in good condition, he prides himself on his footwork and his strength, power and ability to beat people.
"It's a massive personal loss for him as he seemed to be enjoying his rugby and for us it's a big loss - losing a player of his calibre is never easy."