Friday 23 August 2019

Schmidt not likely to call up Carbery replacement for Pumas

Carbery suffered a broken wrist arm in the 61st minute of Ireland’s narrow win over Fiji
Carbery suffered a broken wrist arm in the 61st minute of Ireland’s narrow win over Fiji
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ireland will be without Joey Carbery for Saturday's final Guinness Series clash against Argentina, but Joe Schmidt is unlikely to call up a replacement.

With the provinces back in Guinness PRO14 action this weekend, the head coach is expected to go with Johnny Sexton and Ian Keatley in training this week rather than call up another No 10 as cover.

Carbery suffered a suspected broken arm in the 61st minute of Ireland's narrow win over Fiji after shipping a heavy tackle from replacement prop Peni Ravai.

The IRFU will issue an injury bulletin today that will confirm the extent of the injury, but it seems likely to rule the 22-year-old out until after Christmas.

Schmidt has been frustrated by Carbery's lack of game-time at out-half this season. Leinster have deployed him exclusively at full-back given their options and now he misses another window to build his experience after an impressive hour against Fiji.

"I know that Leo (Cullen) has been keen to give him opportunities, it's just the way things pan out," Schmidt said.

Opportunity

"It's a bit like us tonight. To be honest we wanted to give Robbie (Henshaw) a bit of an opportunity at full-back in the last 15 minutes, but Andrew Conway was going so well and we just felt that we just needed to get him (Henshaw) into the middle of our defensive line because Robbie is such an influential player for us, whereas out the back he doesn't have that same ability to influence other players.

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"We have still got a fair bit of time before (the World Cup) and we will certainly keep working with him.

"He's been a bit unlucky for us as well to be honest. We felt that he would have got some great time in Japan, and he got that injury.

"He would have come off the bench again next week, but he's got another injury. So it's just proving elusive to us at the moment. It's the same with Leinster.

"I think if Rob Kearney had been fit, he might have been able to get some more time at 10, and I think the way his goal-kicking has come on, it's improved out of sight.

"You don't have to be playing all the time to improve your goal-kicking and that's the best thing about Joey.

"What you don't see is him working really hard on his game behind the scenes and that's why we've kept a lot of confidence in his ability to contribute.

"It's an imperfect world and it's been made more frustrating by the injuries he's picked up and it is really unfortunate for Joey."

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