Sean O'Brien could play for Leinster against Ulster in RaboDirect PRO12 final
Last Updated: 22/05/13 8:35am
Sean O'Brien: Leinster flanker could face Ulster at the weekend
Leinster flanker Sean O'Brien is making rapid progress in his recovery from a knee injury and could feature in Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 final against Ulster.
O'Brien, who has been named in the British and Irish Lions squad for the tour to Australia, was expected to be out for two weeks after incurring bone bruising in last weekend's Amlin Challenge Cup final victory over Stade Francais.
But the injury is not as bad as first feared and the 26-year-old Ireland back row may be in contention for selection against Ulster at the RDS.
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"It's up to Sean and Leinster whether he plays, but he's a lot better than first thought," said Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree.
"Back row is Sean's best position - he can play in all three positions. He'll be a good impact player and is an exceptional talent."
O'Brien will miss out on the Lions' opening fixture against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1 even if he does face Ulster, but he could then face Western Force four days later.