Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash
13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013
13:55 GMT, 14 February 2013
Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy have been ruled out of the RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland at Murrayfield on February 24.
Sexton sustained a hamstring problem and McCarthy knee ligament damage in Sunday's 12-6 defeat by England and team manager Mick Kearney announced today that they will miss the trip to Edinburgh.
'Jonny's scan revealed a grade two
hamstring injury. Progress has been good so far, but it's too early to
say when he will return to play,' Kearney said.
Crocked: Sexton hobbled off injured against England last weekend
'Mike has hurt the medial ligament of
his right knee. It's quite sore and he will be in a brace for two
weeks. A further review will take place in two weeks.'
Ireland received more positive news on the remaining injuries they incurred during a brutal clash at the Aviva Stadium.
Centre Brian O'Driscoll, full-back Rob Kearney, flanker Sean O'Brien and lock Donnacha Ryan are at varying degrees of fitness, but all should be available to face Scotland.
'Brian had a recurrence of the soft tissue injury in his good ankle. Scans revealed no structural damage and he will do non-contact training today,' Kearney said.
Ruled out: McCarthy (centre) will also miss the Scotland clash
'Donnacha Ryan suffered a lower back
muscle strain. Scans have excluded structural damage but he's quite sore
and won't train this week.
'He'll be reassessed at the weekend and at this stage he has a good chance of being available against Scotland.
'Sean O'Brien has recovered well from his stiff neck and tight hamstring and will train today.
'Rob is fine. He had a slight dead leg but trained fully today.'