Friday 9 December 2016

Fergus McFadden called into Ireland squad as Keith Earls remains doubtful for France

Published 09/02/2016 | 15:24

Fergus McFadden
Fergus McFadden

Ireland winger Keith Earls has passed phase one of his Head In jury Assessment, but Leinster’s Fergus McFadden has been called into Joe Schmidt’s squad as a precautionary measure.

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The Ireland squad trained at Carton House today ahead of Saturday’s Six Nations encounter at the Stade de France and Joe Schmidt has not ruled Earls out of contention for selection following the injury which forced him off in the 16-16 draw against Wales at the weekend.

"Keith has gone through HIA1 and has passed that but he's in that place where he's working through those protocols at the moment,” skills coach Richie Murphy said at the training base today.

“He feels pretty good himself but it's a six day turn around and stuff like that so we have to assess that later on in the week and see where he's at."

Rob Kearney trained on his own today and a decision will be made following training on Thursday, while Tommy O’Donnell passed his HIA and is back in full training along with Sean O’Brien who missed the Welsh game with a hamstring injury.

Johnny Sexton, whose wife had a baby girl on Monday sat out training with a stiff shoulder.

Andrew Trimble (shoulder) and Simon Zebo (knee) also sat out training today but are expected to be fir fort Thursday’s session.

Meanwhile frontrow forwards Mike Ross and Cian Healy are continuing their rehabilitation programme with Leinster

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