A recurrence of Joey Carbery's ankle injury has ruled him out of this morning's Rugby World Cup clash with Russia. Carbery had been named as cover at scrum half for the game but has been replaced by Conor Murray.
Though Carbery's ankle injury in described as "slight", it's a worrying issue for Ireland and Joe Schmidt given he came into the tournament with the same injury and only returned to come off the bench against Japan.
Breaking News: @JoeyCarbery a late withdrawal from replacements. He felt some irritation in the ankle after Captain's Run & it was felt best not to risk him. @ConorMurray_9 comes in at 21.#TeamOfUs #ShoulderToShoulder #IREvRUS pic.twitter.com/LdFRfGsg2M
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) October 3, 2019
The news will surely bring further questioning of Joe Schmidt's decision to carry two injured players in his 31 man squad for the tournament. Robbie Henshaw is yet to make an appearance due to a hamstring injury, which has resulted in Garry Ringrose playing every minute of the tournament so far, and being named at 13 for today's game again.
Hopefully Carbery's withdrawal is merely precaution and he will be fit to play against Samoa next weekend.