'It's something you have to battle through' - Peter O'Mahony hopeful Joey Carbery beats injury woe for World Cup
Peter O'Mahony is 'hopeful' that Joey Carbery will be fit enough to make Ireland's World Cup squad.
Carbery was forced off with an ankle injury during last weekend's win over Italy and is expected to have recovered in time for the opener against Scotland.
O'Mahony endured his own World Cup heartache four years ago when he suffered a serious knee injury in the final pool game against France.
A host of top-class players, including Wales out-half Gareth Anscombe, have already been ruled out of the tournament, but O'Mahony is optimistic that Carbery will not join the lengthy absentee list.
"It's not something you ever want to see, but unfortunately it's part and parcel of rugby," O'Mahony, who is Marks & Spencer's first Irish sports ambassador said today, ahead of the squad's departure to Portugal.
"I don't know what the outcome is, but hopefully he will be able to get back fit and beat the race for the next few weeks.
"We are obviously working hard. Every other country who is involved is going to be work hard as well.
"It's difficult, but lots of people have been there before and it will happen to lots of people again unfortunately. It's something you have to battle through.
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"Gareth (Anscombe) had an incredible season for Wales, Toby Faletau, you would be gutted for guys like that.
"I obviously toured with Toby with the Lions and I saw first-hand how good he actually is. You would always have videos of guys but to see guys like that up close, how good he was on that tour, you would be gutted for him.
"I was injured on a Saturday at the last World Cup during the French game and home on the Sunday. It's just part of it.
"It's always there. It's something that would breeze into your head now and then, but you have to go hard at these games.
"You are playing against some of the best teams in the world. If you are going 99.5pc, there is a much higher possibility of you getting injured than when you are going 100pc.
"There are accidents and these things happen, but you have to go hard because these teams are too good not to."