Thursday 23 November 2017

Joey Carbery injury woe as he is ruled out for remainder of Ireland's Summer Tour

Joey Carbery of Ireland leaves the pitch with an injury
Joey Carbery of Ireland leaves the pitch with an injury

Brendan Fanning in Japan

Joey Carbery is out of the remainder of the Ireland tour. He flew home directly from New York on Sunday having picked up an ankle injury that will take four to six weeks to rehab.

"As far as I know it’s not related to the syndesmosis injury he had earlier in the season," Ireland skills coach Richie Murphy said after today’s Ireland session in Tokyo. "It’s a grade 2/3 high ankle sprain, and we won’t be bringing anyone else into the squad. Obviously Paddy Jackson is here already so he can come straight in. We’re well covered for goal-kicking.

"Rory Scannell has been working away at that and Garry Ringrose has been doing a little bit as well, which he hasn’t done in a long time. We’re comfortable enough with the guys we have there now."

Ulster back rower Sean Reidy is also on hand having been called in to replace Tommy O’Donell who pulled out pre-tour.

"The rest of them have come through the game," Murphy added. "There was a couple of knocks. Tiernan was cramping up late on in the game, but there was nothing to worry about. All the players are fit and went through the walk-through this morning. So, we’ve no other injury worries at the moment.

"Japan are a very good side. They’re very dangerous off turnover possession and always look to play quick from lineouts and quick-tap penalties. They’ve also got a very strong kicking game and play field position very well. They’ll try to pin us back in our own half."

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