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Saturday 21 October 2017

Healy faces tour KO

Cian Healy faces an anxious wait
Cian Healy faces an anxious wait

Cian Healy could be formally ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour on Friday.

Ireland prop Healy faces potentially the most painful day of his rugby life after arriving in Brisbane on crutches and awaiting a disciplinary hearing following a biting allegation.

Healy will have his left ankle scanned on Friday - he was carried off during the Lions' victory over Western Force - and head coach Warren Gatland accepts the prognosis "doesn't look brilliant".

But if the injury does not dash his tour hopes, then a potential suspension could.

Healy was cited for an alleged bite on Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan, and a disciplinary officer must now decide whether or not he should be banned.

If the case against Healy is proved, he might be looking at a minimum 12-week suspension.

Wales international Gethin Jenkins will wear the number one shirt against Queensland Reds on Saturday, while Alex Corbisiero is expected to arrive from England's Argentina tour on Saturday as injury cover for Healy

"Everyone is gutted because you could see how much pain he (Healy) was in," Jenkins said.

"You hope for the best. Obviously, he was in a lot of pain. He is a world-class player, Cian, and if he does go home it will be a big loss to us."

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