Saturday 7 December 2019

Rory Best prognosis improves but Jared Payne and Chris Henry set to miss Georgia

Rory Best
Rory Best
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

RORY BEST looks likely to come into the frame for Ireland's final November Test against Australia after stepping up his recovery from the calf injury that kept him out of Saturday's win over South Africa.

However, the Ulster hooker's provincial teammates Jared Payne and Chris Henry look less likely to play again this autumn according to manager Mick Kearney.

Centre Payne limped off with a foot injury in the latter stages of the Aviva Stadium clash and initial scans showed he had sprained his foot.

He is due to get further scans tomorrow and will meet a consultant.

Henry, meanwhile, suffered an "episode" on the morning of the Springbok game and continues to be monitored by doctors.

The working

diagnosis on the flanker is a "severe migraine" according to Kearney and it looks like he will be of action for the forthcoming internationals.

Joe Schmidt has called Andrew Conway, Tadhg Furlong, Darren Cave and Robin Copeland into his training squad, but Luke Fitzgerald and Rob Herring are not involved having trained at Carton House last week.

"Jared is going to have further medical assessment and scans tomorrow, we'll know about that then. There's no detailed prognosis yet on his chances for Georgia and Australia," Mick Kearney said.

"Looking back over the video it was quite an innocuous incident where he tackled a player. He did try and run it off, but it was still quite sore.

"We'll know more tomorrow, the swelling will come down and he'll have another scan and further medical assessment."

Best is likely to miss Ireland's meeting with Georgia this Sunday, but he is likely to come into the frame for the meeting with Australia in the final game of the Guinness Series on Saturday week.

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