Saturday 24 March 2018

Injury update: Rob Kearney facing anxious wait for scan on possible gluteal strain

Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Ireland are awaiting the results of a scan on Rob Kearney’s glute after the full-back suffered an injury when he scored his try against Romania yesterday.

Kearney who had come on as a replacement, limped off soon after and had to be substituted.

He will undergo go a scan in Guilford this afternoon where the Ireland squad will relocate for the week before returning to London for the clash against Italy next weekend.

“Rob may have suffered a gluteal strain and will have a scan in Guildford later today,” team manager Mick Kearney said in Wembley this morning.

“We’re really going to have to wait and see what the results of the scan are like later today, so I’d say it could be 24 or 48 hours before we have a definitive view on whether he will be available for the weekend or not.”

If Kearney was to miss out it would represent a significant blow for Joe Schmidt but it remains to be seen how serious the injury is.

Keith Earls passed his Head Injury Assessment (HIA) during yesterday’s victory and will complete the third and final stage of the return to play process tomorrow.

“It’s a three-step process, so he completed the one coming off the pitch and was allowed to come back on,” Mick Kearney explained.

“Then he had the stage two post-game and he’ll go through stage three tomorrow. That’s the formula and that’s how it will happen.”

Kearney also confirmed that Earls was replaced after an hour as part of the coach’s plan.

Jordi Murphy suffered a dead leg but is expected to have recovered in time to train with the squad tomorrow.

Robbie Henshaw is also set to return to full training having sat out the last two weeks with a hamstring strain.

The 22-year old has missed Ireland’s opening two wins but Kearney revealed that he is available for selection this weekend.

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