Sunday 25 March 2018

Sexton set to play despite injury scare but Rory Best is a major doubt

Jonathan Sexton, Racing Metro, and assistant coach Ronan O'Gara
Jonathan Sexton, Racing Metro, and assistant coach Ronan O'Gara

Ruaidhri O’Connor

JOHNNY SEXTON is due to train with his Ireland squad mates this afternoon despite feeling a tightness in his thigh over the weekend.

Rory Best, however, is a doubt for Saturday’s opening November international against South Africa as he recovers from suffering a tightening in his calf during training last week’s training.

The prognosis on tighthead prop Mike Ross was more positive although manager Mick Kearney admitted his lack of recent game time was a concern.

Kearney said the decision to withdraw Sexton early during Saturday’s clash between Racing Metro and Oyonnax had been pre-arranged with his French club and said his thigh had not played a part in the call.

However, the Parisians’ coach Laurent Labit said the injury had played a role.

The rest of the injury news was positive, with Kearney saying Rob Kearney, Gordon D’Arcy, Jack McGrath, Tommy Bowe and Stuart Olding expected to train this week.

And he admitted that Ross’s lack of game time was a worry.

“It’s a bit of a concern, 30 days since he played against Munster but he has done well over few days,” he said.

“Rory will do modified training and a little bit more difficult to say, but with Johnny we don’t have a concern.

“It had been pre-arranged that he would come off so he did come off for that reason."

Online Editors

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport