Sunday 19 November 2017

Sexton fitness boost for tourists

Jonathan Sexton
Jonathan Sexton
Conor George

Conor George

Jonathan Sexton will be back in full training within a few days, according to Lions coach Andy Farrell.

Sexton (right) complained of a tight hamstring after Saturday's win over Queensland Reds and has been receiving treatment ever since. He hasn't training fully but Farrell is confident the injury is not a serious one.

"Jonathan's fine," said Farrell. "The medical staff are going to assess him again but there's no strain there.

"It's just a little bit of tightness and with the injury he's had before, it's a bit of precaution. He'll be back in the next couple of days."

It's also hoped that Tommy Bowe will recover from his hand injury and be able to play some part in the Test series, although it is likely the first international on June 22 will come too soon for him.

Simon Zebo arrived in Australia today as cover for his compatriot, but Farrell is confident of Bowe's future availability.

"Tommy's in a heavy bandage/plaster for a couple of days. He'll then take that off and put it in a lighter splint," he said. "The wound is the key thing, making sure that heals and there's no infection. Then he should be fine. It still could be a couple of weeks."

Farrell expressed his delight at Quade Cooper's omission from the Wallaby squad after being impressed by him during Saturday's game in Brisbane.

"If I was a coach, I'd want him in my side. I don't know the background and the ins and outs of why he isn't selected, but he's a bloody good player," said Farrell.

"He's certainly a handful, brings a lot to the party, so I'm pretty pleased that he hasn't been included.

"They've got quite a few backs that pass – with (Kurtley) Beale back in the squad and (James) O'Connor and (Adam) Ashley-Cooper, they've got a magnificent backline. But Quade adds something a bit different."

Irish Independent

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