Monday 26 February 2018

Rob Kearney and Eoin Reddan emerge as injury doubts for Italian encounter

Rob Kearney is an injury doubt for Ireland's game with Italy on Saturday
Rob Kearney is an injury doubt for Ireland's game with Italy on Saturday

Tom Rooney

Ireland full back Rob Kearney was forced to sit out training in Carton House this morning after sustaining an unspecified hamstring issue on Monday as the Irish management were unwilling to reveal if it was the same injury that prevented him from playing against Wales.

Kearney has had his share of travails this season, which have also included a glute problem that impaired his involvement in last year’s World Cup.

Furthermore, scrum half Eoin Reddan did not partake in training today  either with a calf strain, but Tommy O’Donnell took full part.

Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek said both Kearney and Reddan will be assessed on Thursday before any decisions on their participation in Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Italy are made.

Feek gave a nebulous answer as to the severity of Kearney’s injury when further queried on the matter, and said he had little contact with the Leinster man or the Irish medical team as of yet.

“Tommy O’Donnell trained fully today so he was good. Rob Kearney had a slight hamstring issue so he sat out, and Eoin Reddan had a calf issue so he sat out training as well.”

“From here we follow the protocols and wait until Thursday to reassess then, and because they are backs we’ll have to wait a little bit longer as well.

“He’s sitting (Kearney) there and I never had a chance to speak to the medics or Rob himself, so we’ll just wait and see at the moment.  I’m not sure it’s the same injury either so I don’t want to speculate as to it being an ongoing issue either.”

Feek was confident that, should a deputy be required for Kearney, who has struggled with form recently, that Ireland were more than prepared for such an event, and did not dismiss the possibility of either Jared Paye or Robbie Hensahw slotting in.

“You always have to have cover and there’s always guys filling in, you might have a half back on the wing in the game of rugby, so you always have to be prepared for all different scenarios.  If it means Jared or Robbie or whoever might have to cover there then that’s the case.”

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