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Cian Healy's Lions tour may be over after ankle injury

Published 05/06/2013 | 12:06

CIAN Healy's Lions dream is in doubt after the Leinster prop suffered what management hopes is only a serious strain for the Lions this morning and was accused of biting a Western Force player.

Healy was taken off the field with what looked like a serious ankle injury in the first half of the British and Irish Lions' match against Western Force on Wednesday and now faces an anxious wait to discover if it is tour-ending.

The 25-year-old loosehead fell to the ground with a yelp of pain four minutes before halftime after his left leg crumpled under him in a tackle and he was carried off on a stretcher.

Lions officials told Sky TV that he had twisted his ankle and would be taken to hospital for an X-ray. With the first test on June 22 Healy, many people's favourite for a starting berth, will be desperately hoping the damage is not serious.

In his post-match press conference, Warren Gatland confirmed that Healy had not suffered a break but ligament damage and would be assessed over teh next 48 hours.

Healy was earlier accused by Western Force scrumhalf Brett Sheehan of biting in a ruck but the TV pictures failed to back up the Australian's claim and the Irishman was not penalised.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05:  Cian Healy, the Lions prop, receives attention to an ankle injury during the tour match between the Western Force and the British & Irish Lions at Patersons Stadium on June 5, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
Cian Healy receives attention this morning
Cian Healy,
Cian Healy

"Don't know if it was an accident or on purpose but unfortunately he's injured now so we'll see," Sheehan told Fox TV in pitchside interview at halftime.

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