Johnny Sexton is expected to miss the rest of the season

Johnny Sexton is expected to miss the rest of the season

LEINSTER HAVE CONFIRMED TODAY Johnny Sexton is likely to miss the rest of the season.  

Sexton captained Ireland to a Grand Slam in his final game two weekends ago but picked up a groin injury in the process. 

Leinster return to European action this weekend and will play another Irish province in Ulster. 

The URC leaders have confirmed that the 37-year-old will see a specialist on Tuesday to overcome the problem. 

"Johnny Sexton will see a specialist on Tuesday and have a procedure on the groin injury picked up in Ireland's Guinness Six Nations game against England which will likely keep him side-lined for the remainder of the Leinster Rugby season," said the province on Monday.  

This means that Sexton will miss the United Rugby Championships play-off near the end of April and the rest of the Leinster's Champions Cup run. 

The final is being held at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on May 20. 

Also, Sexton's final game for Leinster could have been against Connacht, which was played on New Years Day. 

Leinster's have also said Garry Ringrose, Hugo Keenan and Caelan Doris will continue to follow the Graduated Return to Play Protocols this week. 

Ed Byrne came through the Stormers game at the weekend with no issues after his return from a knee injury. 

There are no further updates on: Jamie Osborne (knee), Ronan Kelleher (shoulder), Joe McCarthy (ankle), Cormac Foley (hamstring), Martin Moloney (knee) and Charlie Ngatai (hamstring).