Friday 6 December 2019

Sexton injury scare for Ireland ahead of Boks clash

Johnny Sexton was forced off with an injury at half-time in Racing Metro's shock defeat to Oyonnax. Photo: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images
Johnny Sexton was forced off with an injury at half-time in Racing Metro's shock defeat to Oyonnax. Photo: NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Schmidt will be sweating over the fitness of Johnny Sexton after the out-half was forced off at half-time of Racing Metro's shock defeat to Oyonnax on Saturday.

Sexton didn't emerge for the second half and afterwards Racing coach Laurent Labit confirmed the 29-year-old tweaked his thigh and was taken off as a precaution.

Sexton will return to the Irish camp this morning and is likely to be further assessed by the medical team.

Meanwhile, South Africa were dealt a major blow of their own as Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar remains a major doubt for Saturday's Test against Ireland.

Pienaar has been out of action since damaging knee ligaments against the All Blacks last month but he had been expected to recover in time.

The Springboks arrived in Dublin yesterday with their European-based players set to link up with the squad today when an update on Pienaar's fitness will be issued.

The Boks are already without Fourie du Preez which means that Francois Hougaard is expected to deputise.

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