Wednesday 16 October 2019

Conan blow as injury will need more time

Ireland's Jack Conan. Photo: PA
Ireland's Jack Conan. Photo: PA

Des Berry

Jack Conan just can't catch the right kind of break, writes Des Berry.

It would appear the foot fracture that ended his World Cup dream has turned out to be worse than presumed. The No 8 could be out four months, or even more, based on the results on the scans of his foot.

Conan has even been booked to travel to England this weekend to see a foot specialist in order to have the best chance at making a return for the 2020 Six Nations.

Already, it looks like all six rounds of the Champions Cup are in jeopardy as well as no fewer than nine rounds of the PRO14 League.

The Wicklow man had closed the gap on CJ Stander to come in for strong consideration to start against Scotland last Sunday week. Then, no sooner had Joe Schmidt given Conan the nod to play against Japan than a freak accident at an Ireland session shattered his Far East adventure.

The optimists had Conan pencilled in for a routine six- to eight-week rehabilitation. Even Leo Cullen was unsure about the severity of Conan's setback on Monday when his player had just returned to Leinster headquarters that morning. "We will get him assessed, see the extent of what is going on there. We're in the dark at this stage," he said.

Since then, the plan for a quick rehabilitation has been scuppered. Apparently, the injury comes in a part of the foot that is notoriously difficult to predict when it comes to healing time.

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