Monday 26 August 2019

Carbery injury scare

Ireland's Joey Carbery receives medical attention. Photo: Sportsfile
Ireland's Joey Carbery receives medical attention. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland began the countdown to the Rugby World Cup with a lacklustre 29-10 win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium yesterday, but it came at a price after Joey Carbery was forced to retire injured.

Joe Schmidt says it is too early too say if Carbery's ankle injury will affect his World Cup chances, but the Ireland coach is upbeat on his chances of recovering in time.

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Schmidt confirmed the out-half had not fractured his ankle in a second-half collision and will await news of a scan on the ligaments.

He retains some hope that the Munster star, who was Ireland's best player in yesterday's win, will be fit to face England in two weeks' time. Ireland's first World Cup game is not for another six weeks

"With Joey, I can say there is no fracture because we've had him x-rayed in there. He has a bit of swelling, so we will let that go down and get it scanned. If we don't think it's too bad he'll rehab in Portugal ahead of the England game. If not England, hopefully Wales. It's too soon to say (for sure), but I don't think it'll keep him out of the World Cup."

Carbery's performance had been one of the real highlights of a predictably stuttering performance.

Schmidt also dropped a major hint that he will further cut his 43-man squad before the group departs for a warm-weather training in Portugal on Wednesday.

"I think we'll see how the players came through today and we may not, but we are going to meet tomorrow morning after having had a look at the game this evening and then we'll make a decision," Schmidt said.

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