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Ireland's Problems Compounded With Johnny Sexton Injury Worry

Ireland's Problems Compounded With Johnny Sexton Injury Worry
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Beyond the scoreline, there were other worries for Joe Schmidt and his management team following Saturday's game against England.

Both Cian Healy and Conor Murray were forced to leave the action prematurely.

It has since emerged that Johnny Sexton is also now an injury doubt for next weekend's game against Wales in Dublin.

Peter O'Reilly reports in The Sunday Times that the Ireland out-half "took a heavy bang to the inside of his leg when a ruck collapsed on him" during training.

It is hoped he will be available for the following weekend's return fixture against Wales in Cardiff. If Sexton does play in that game, which takes place a fortnight before Ireland's opening clash of the World Cup against Scotland, he would have just a single match under his belt going into the tournament.

Sexton suffered a thumb injury back in June and has since been a delayed pre-season training programme.

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Conor Murray left the pitch to undergo a head injury assessment just after the half-hour mark on Saturday following a knock which he sustained while tackling Johnny May.

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The scrum-half briefly returned to the action after passing the HIA but was subsequently replaced permanently by Luke McGrath.

In his post-match interview with Sky Sports, Schmidt admitted Murray's temporary return had been due to a breakdown in communication. It had been his intention that though Murray was deemed fit to return, he would not do so.

Cian Healy also left the pitch in the first half with an ankle injury.

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"Cian, his x-ray is normal but obviously there's a bit more to look at with him spraining that ankle but what was more promising than Joey [Carbery's similar injury] was that he was at least able to walk from the pitch," Schmidt told RTÉ after the game.

"He’s sore now but if we can keep the swelling down and get a decent look at it hopefully he’ll be back in a shorter time-frame than Joey."

Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

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See Also: The English Media Reaction To Ireland's Twickenham Humiliation

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