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D’Arcy calf injury delay

CENTRE Gordon D’Arcy is the latest Ireland player to pick up an injury which may hinder his involvement in the first match of the World Cup against USA in New Plymouth on September 11.

“Gordon suffered a calf strain this morning during a recovery session. On medical advice, we are not going to bring out Gordon for about 48 hours. RESCAN “He is not ruled out of anything yet. We will rescan it before he flies out,” said team manager Paul McNaughton.

As a precaution, D’Arcy has been kept back in order to minimise the possibility of any swelling happening on the long haul flight. There will be a wait-and-see approach taken when he lands in Queenstown.

It is another minor problem for a squad that has been littered with long-term injuries to David Wallace and Felix Jones the recently rehabilitated Rob Kearney (knee), Jerry Flannery (groin) and Stephen Ferris (knee), as well as niggling problems for Cian Healy (eye), Jamie Heaslip (concussion) and Brian O’Driscoll (shoulder/neck).