Thursday 18 January 2018

Johnny Sexton gets all clear from the Lions after head injury assessment

19 May 2017; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
19 May 2017; Jonathan Sexton of Leinster during the Guinness PRO12 Semi-Final match between Leinster and Scarlets at the RDS Arena in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Warren Gatland has revealed that Johnny Sexton needed a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) in the aftermath of Leinster’s shock Guinness PRO12 defeat to Scarlets on Friday night.

The Ireland out-half was uncharacteristically off colour in the semi-final loss, particularly after receiving treatment for a first-half injury but he did not leave the field during the game.

The result ended Leinster’s season on a sour note, but allowed their Lions link up with the rest of the touring squad at Carton House on Monday.

Sexton didn’t train with the squad, but is due to return to the field tomorrow to begin preparations for the tour.

Having lost Billy Vunipola to shoulder surgery last night, Gatland was able to provide a positive update on the 30 players who presented for this week’s camp.

"He had no symptoms on the HIA, there was no concussion from that, so we're expecting him to take a good part in training tomorrow and then later in the week,” he said.

"We're pretty good really. We've got a couple of guys who got bangs on Saturday just recovering from that, but most of the guys are making good progress.

"You're always going to have to two or three guys that are, for whatever reason, not taking a full part in training, not taking contact or doing modified sessions. Some of the guys are just taking an extra day before taking to the field tomorrow."

Gatland said that both Jack McGrath and Sean O’Brien had scans on their injuries and both came up clear.

McGrath was forced off early with an arm injury on Friday night, while O’Brien was a late withdrawal from the game with a calf issue.

"I think Sean is probably more concerned than we are, in terms of he is frustrated because he felt he probably overloaded himself last week with the amount of training he did in preparing for the game, considering he hadn't had a lot of rugby," Gatland said.

"He probably needed to take a little more time easing into it. We're making sure we take time in easing him into it properly. Having chatted to him, he feels confident he's going to be 100%. The scan came back pretty good, so we're happy.

"Jack's fine. He had an x-ray and it's clear, just some bruising."

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