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No major injury concerns for Warren Gatland's Lions

May 14, 2013

The Lions squad gathers for the first time on Monday with no major injury concerns for the head coach, Warren Gatland.

Nineteen of his 37 squad players were in action in the Premiership and RaboDirect Pro 12 play-offs and while there were fears that the Ireland centre, Brian O'Driscoll could be ruled out of the tour to Australia after he limped out of Leinster's victory over Glasgow 13 minutes in on Saturday night, they were allayed by his coach, Joe Schmidt. "Brian's back tightened up and he couldn't full stretch out," said Schmidt. "He wanted to carry on, but it was not an option against a back line like Glasgow's. I am not too concerned which, for me, is a good sign."

The back-row Sean O'Brien was missing with a calf strain. "We did not want to take a risk," Schmidt said. "I hope he will be fine for Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Stade Français."

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