Wednesday 18 September 2019

Carbery set to be fit for opener


Joey Carbery faces a race to recover from an ankle injury picked up against Italy
Joey Carbery faces a race to recover from an ankle injury picked up against Italy

Rúaidhrí O'Connor

Joey Carbery looks set to miss Ireland's remaining warm-up games but is expected to be fit in time for the opening World Cup game against Scotland on September 22.

The Munster out-half was stretchered off early in the second half of Saturday's win over Italy with an ankle ligament injury and has undergone scans on the joint.

It is believed that he will be kept out of action for around four weeks which would take him out of the equation for the clashes with England at Twickenham on Saturday week and Wales home and away in the subsequent weekends.

However, the problem is not expected to deny the 23-year-old his place on the plane to Japan.

Ireland depart for their warm-weather camp in Portugal tomorrow morning and Schmidt is due to issue a squad update on departure.

As well as Carbery, hooker Rob Herring (back) and second-row Devin Toner (ankle) were injured in the Italy game, while the coach is likely to make further reductions to his 43-man squad before leaving for the Algarve.

Meanwhile, Eddie Jones explained Ben Te'o's shock omission from England's World Cup squad by declaring he was simply not good enough to be selected.

"Whether he agrees with it is another matter. We've had that discussion and he's not in our top 31 players at the moment," said Jones.

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