Monday 11 December 2017

Earls a doubt for Six Nations opener

Keith Earls, Munster, leaves the field after picking up an injury in the first half
Keith Earls, Munster, leaves the field after picking up an injury in the first half
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Keith Earls is a major doubt for Ireland's opening Six Nations clash against Scotland after injuring his knee in Munster's win over Edinburgh

The winger will have a scan today as he joins up with the Ireland squad at their base outside Maynooth and is in a race to be fit for Joe Schmidt's side's first outing on Sunday week.

"Probably, short term, it will take a week or two. He'll get a scan tomorrow when he goes to international camp," Munster coach Rob Penney said.

Schmidt will also be hoping for positive news on the leg and hip injury that forced Gordon D'Arcy off during Leinster's win over the Ospreys. The coach will be heartened by the performance of a number of the players not in his extended 44-man squad, who are being left with their provinces to recover from injuries.

Simon Zebo gave a stellar 55-minute display as a replacement for Earls, scoring a try, while Roger Wilson and Craig Gilroy were immense for Ulster against Leicester on Saturday and Richardt Strauss returned for Leinster on Friday.

Preparations for the Championship begin today, with Ireland Wolfhounds taking on England Saxons on Saturday.

Irish Independent

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