Monday 14 October 2019

Confirmed: Joey Carbery faces stint on sidelines with broken wrist

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

Joe Carbery faces a stint on the sidelines after it was confirmed he broke his wrist in Saturday's tight win over Fiji.

Carbery suffered the injury in the 61st minute of Ireland's 23-20 win over Fiji after shipping a heavy tackle from replacement prop Peni Ravai.

The IRFU today confirmed that Carbery suffered a broken wrist while John Ryan will return to the squad after completing rehab this week.

"Joey Carbery suffered a fractured wrist and has been ruled out of the remaining fixture of the Series," read an IRFU statement. "John Ryan has returned to the Ireland squad having completed his rehab on a calf injury in Munster last week."   

Ireland coach Joe 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 on Saturday.

"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.

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

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"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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