Rob Kearney: Ireland full-back's Lions prospects hit as he undergoes bicep surgery

Rob Kearney in action against Wales on 10 March
Rob Kearney hasn't played since Ireland's defeat by Wales on 10 March

Ireland full-back Rob Kearney has been forced to undergo bicep surgery in another injury setback for the British & Irish Lions hopeful.

Kearney, 31, required a knee operation two weeks ago and a Leinster statement said this latest injury would rule him out "for a number of weeks".

He has been out since sustaining a knee injury in training before Ireland's Six Nations game against England.

Kearney injured a bicep in Ireland's second Six Nations game against Italy.

Leinster wing Adam Byrne sustained a "low grade" hamstring strain in Saturday's European Champions Cup win over Wasps and will miss the Pro 12 leaders' contest with third-placed Osprey this weekend.

Flanker Rhys Ruddock was ruled out of Saturday's European quarter-final by a calf strain but could return for Saturday's game in Wales along with hooker Sean Cronin, who featured for Leinster A on Friday.

Ireland hooker Cronin had been out of action since January because of a hamstring injury.

Dave Kearney [toe] and Dominic Ryan [knee] are also set to return to Leinster training this week following periods out because of injury.

The Leinster statement also added that Johnny Sexton emerged unscathed from the European quarter-final despite needing shoulder treatment during the game.

Leinster will face Clermont Auvergne in their Champions Cup semi-final on Sunday, 23 April.

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