Injured Harry Byrne advised not to rush back in time for November internationals

By Michael Scully

Harry Byrne has been told there is no need to rush back after his latest injury frustration.

The 23-year-old Leinster playmaker's latest attempt to make a statement to Leo Cullen and Andy Farrell ended prematurely as he was forced off in the 23rd minute of Saturday's 43-7 victory over Zebre.

Byrne, who was only returning from a foot injury, got a knock on the hip pointer and will be further assessed, but he is ruled out of Saturday's RDS clash with the Scarlets.

"He's trying to make an impression, trying to get some game time," said Leinster's backs coach Felipe Contepomi.

"Like anyone here, whenever he has the chance he wants to go out and enjoy it.

"I feel sorry for him because he has been training hard and he’s been on and off with niggles and injury and some sickness and so he needs (stability). It’s another setback but hopefully nothing major."

Contepomi says that Byrne is a positive person and, despite the proximity of the November internationals, the most important thing is for him to get right.

"In terms of his mentality he's good," he said.

"But I can imagine it's a setback, he was so keen to get back after a very weird injury as well on the foot, and coming back he put some great effort in to work himself back into the team.

Leinster backs coach Felipe Contepomi (©INPHO/James Crombie)

"So it's a personal upset probably, but he knows he needs to keep on track and get himself stronger and better and make sure he gets it right.

"I'm sure he'll get more changes and possibilities, but it's putting it in context, it's not just what's next in the next week, it's the whole year.

"He's young, he has his whole career in front of him, so he needs to get it right from the beginning in terms of physically.

"And he's getting there. Hopefully he's not that bad."

Leinster's Caelan Doris (©INPHO/Ryan Byrne)

On a positive note, Caelan Doris trained yesterday and could be available for the Scarlets clash, with Josh Murphy (calf) has resumed full training and Jack Dunne is poised to follow suit.

Ciaran Frawley and Scott Penny picked up dead legs against Zebre and will be further assessed this week.

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