Ireland's build-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup has been dogged by injuries, and there are reports this morning of another one, this time to Ireland's talisman, Johnny Sexton.
In today's Irish Independent, Ruadhri O'Connor writes that Sexton has suffered a thumb injury during Ireland's training camp in June. O'Connor says that it is 'believed to be a dislocation' that will keep him off the training ground for a maximum of six weeks.
The injury is hardly disastrous but not is it ideal, given Sexton's importance to everything Ireland does. Ireland is in a training camp in Galway this week before an open training session for the public at the Sportsground on Friday.
Ireland's first warm-up game for the World Cup will be at the Aviva Stadium on August 10. It remains to be seen if Sexton will participate in that match.
It is believed that the media will be further briefed on the injury then.