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Six Nations 2013: Jonathan Sexton and Mike McCarthy injured and out of Scotland game

Blow for Ireland as Sexton and McCarthy are ruled out of Scotland clash

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

13:41 GMT, 14 February 2013

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UPDATED:

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

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

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.'

Tour of Britain: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke takes lead after stage six

Tiernan-Locke leaps in to the lead with superb Tour of Britain stage six showing

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UPDATED:

17:23 GMT, 14 September 2012

Devon's Jonathan Tiernan-Locke seized the overall lead of the Tour of Britain with an aggressive ride on the sixth stage in Wales.

Leopold Koenig (Team NetApp) claimed victory on the 189.8-kilometre route from Welshpool to Caerphilly and Tiernan-Locke (Endura Racing) finished second to assume the race leader's gold jersey with two days of racing remaining.

The 27-year-old from Plymouth, who is rumoured to be joining Team Sky in 2013 and was named in the British team for next week's road World Championships, began the day in sixth place, 24 seconds behind Leigh Howard (Orica-GreenEdge).

Leader: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke takes the gold Jersey

Leader: Jonathan Tiernan-Locke takes the gold Jersey

But now Tiernan-Locke, who received a six-second time bonus for placing second, has a 13-second lead over Howard ahead of Saturday's seventh stage from Barnstaple to Dartmouth.

The eight-stage race concludes with Sunday's Surrey route from Reigate to Guildford.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins was a non-starter in Welshpool after an eventful fifth stage to Stoke-on-Trent for Team Sky, which saw Mark Cavendish relinquish the race lead to Howard.

Six riders formed the breakaway on a day which saw the riders go over the Brecon Beacons.

Victorious: Leopold Koenig celebrates victory during the sixth stage

Victorious: Leopold Koenig celebrates victory during the sixth stage

Their advantage was cut to less than a minute with two ascents of Caerphilly Mountain to come before the finish in front of Caerphilly Castle.

On the first climb of Caerphilly Mountain, Tiernan-Locke attacked from the peloton as the escape group splintered in front of him.

Only escapee Graham Briggs (Raleigh-GAC) could stay with him, but Koenig (Team NetApp) bridged the gap before Briggs fell back on the lower slopes of the second ascent of the finishing climb.

British academy rider Josh Edmondson was alone in pursuit but was swept up by a larger chase group, led by Ivan Basso (Liquigas-Cannondale), in the closing kilometres.

Rolling in: Mark Cavendish completes the stage

Rolling in: Mark Cavendish completes the stage

Koenig belatedly helped to share the workload with Tiernan-Locke in the closing moments before sprinting away to victory by one second.

Nathan Haas (Garmin-Sharp) won the sprint for third to move to third place overall, 18 seconds behind.

Luke Rowe (Team Sky) was fifth on the stage.

Gary Cahill and John Terry add to England injury crisis

More injury woe for Hodgson with defensive pair Cahill and Terry injured in Belgium win

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UPDATED:

19:44 GMT, 2 June 2012

Gary Cahill added to Roy Hodgson's mounting injury headache when he was forced out of Saturday's friendly against Belgium.

The England defender had a precautionary scan after injuring his jaw in a first-half collision with goalkeeper Joe Hart.

And later it emerged that John Terry was also going for a scan on his hamstring.

Ouch! England's Gary Cahill, centre, collides with goalkeeper Joe Hart

Ouch! England's Gary Cahill, centre, collides with goalkeeper Joe Hart

Roy Hodgson said: 'Cahill is slightly more of a concern because it's a jaw injury. I am hoping the scan doesn't show a fracture and it will be a bruising situation. That's wouldn't rule him out of the tournament.'

He revealed Terry was having a precautionary scan after 'feeling a bit of a hamstring'.

The former Liverpool manager added: 'I'm very pleased, it's been a hard week. 'There was a lot of disruption in the second half, some forced upon us, some we wanted to do.

'It was a very good Belgium side – arguably stronger than Norway.'

Groggy: Cahill had to go off after collision

Groggy: Cahill had to go off after collision

Cahill was pushed into Hart by Belgian striker Dries Mertens as he attempted to shepherd the ball back to the keeper.

Mertens was booked for the challenge.

Cahill needed treatment and looked groggy and he was unable to continue and was replaced by Joleon Lescott.

Another concern: John Terry was also forced off late on with a hamstring injury

Another concern: John Terry was also forced off late on with a hamstring injury

Hodgson has already seen his Euro 2012 plans rocked by injuries to Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, while concerns persist over Scott Parker because of an achilles problem.

Chelsea midfielder Lampard was ruled out of the tournament with a thigh injury and Barry had to withdraw after suffering a tear to his lower abdomen.

England beat Belgium 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck.

Euro 2012: Phil Jagielka thrilled to be in England squad

First frustrated, now fantastic… Jagielka given England chance after Barry injury

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UPDATED:

14:25 GMT, 29 May 2012

Defender Phil Jagielka’s 'frustration' at missing out on England’s initial 23-man squad for Euro 2012 was tempered after being called-up as a replacement for Gareth Barry.

Barry was ruled out of the tournament in Poland and Ukraine on Monday after suffering a tear to his lower abdomen in the 1-0 friendly win against Norway over the weekend, with Jagielka the man to come in.

The Everton centre-back played 90 minutes in Oslo as England kept a clean sheet and was thrilled when he was given the nod to join up with Euro 2012 squad.

Reprieve: Phil Jagielka replaced Gareth Barry in the England squad

Reprieve: Phil Jagielka replaced Gareth Barry in the England squad

'I was obviously a little bit frustrated and disappointed not to be in the original 23 but the manager was very honest and straight up with me,' Jagielka said in an interview on Sky Sports News.

'He said: “Would you come and join up and be on standby and play a part in the Norway game and if anything does happen you’ll be the going to to the Euros”.

'As it is, I got to play 90 minutes for my country which was fantastic and a few days later I managed to make the 23.'

Despite being a defender, Jagielka was chosen ahead of standby midfielder Jordan Henderson to come in for Barry.

Jagielka said: 'I wasn’t trying to think too far ahead, obviously with Gaz going, it was always going to be a lottery of which person the manager chose.

Fulll 90: Jagielka enjoyed playing against Norway

Fulll 90: Jagielka enjoyed playing against Norway

'But if you look and saw two for every position, we were one defender light and there was an extra midfielder in there anyway so thankfully for me, I got the nod.'

The 29-year-old, on Saturday, rekindled his centre-half partnership with Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott, with whom he played alongside at Everton for two years.

And Jagielka is understandably hoping the pair can continue to deliver in England colours.

'Me and Jole have known each other for about 10 years now back to youth level for England,' he said.

'We’re a similar age, we played a lot together at Everton. He got himself a fantastic move to Man City and has won a Premier League medal this season.

'His career’s gone on to fantastic things and I think I’ve done okay for myself.

Everton: Leighton Baines (left) and Jagielka are both Everton stars

Everton: Leighton Baines (left) and Jagielka are both Everton stars

'It’s always nice to have a familiar face next to you, especially at international football because the standard’s so high.'

Jagielka and Lescott both featured, with the former starting the match in the unfamiliar role of full-back, when England suffered a 2-1 home defeat to France.

With the two teams set to meet on June 11 in Donetsk, Jagielka was keen to play down the relevance of the November 2010 clash.

'I’m sure their squad will be quite similar to what it was back then and ours isn’t too different,' he said.

'But it’s going to be a slightly different atmosphere, slightly different onus on the game.

'Obviously it’s a tournament game rather than the friendly, we’ll need the points to top the table and go through.'

When asked whether England cannot afford to begin their campaign with a loss, Jagielka added: 'Yeah I suppose so.

Pair: Joleon Lescott (right) and Jagielka know each other well

Pair: Joleon Lescott (right) and Jagielka know each other well

'We’ll be going out there to win the game but if we take a draw and get two good results and top the qualifying, we’ll take that just as much.'

Expectation from fans and media alike heading into the tournament has been somewhat muted compared to previous years and Jagielka believes the squad would benefit from a little realism this summer.

'I'm sure if we win a game we'll be favourites and if we lose a game we'll be a waste of space,' Jagielka said.

'It's a hard one to call. It would be a better for the squad if there was a little bit less expectation on us.

'Hopefully we can go under the radar until the latter stages of the tournament and hopefully get further than we have.

'But if we're being realistic, we haven't won anything for a number of years now and maybe that's because we don't deserve to.

Powerful: Jagielka vies with Andy Carroll for the ball

Powerful: Jagielka vies with Andy Carroll for the ball

'So hopefully this time round we can perform a little bit better and see where it takes us.'

The former Sheffield United man acknowledged the victory over Norway was slightly underwhelming but pointed out that the players are still adjusting to Hodgson's tactics.

'We've obviously not had too long with it but a 1-0 win as a defender, that's a decent start,' he said.

'I'm sure we didn't play amazing but we're still getting used to the different tactics and different roles some of us will have to play but we've got to look upwards going into the tournament and hopefully we can do well with him in charge.'

Jagielka refused to be drawn on the potential racist problems in Poland and Ukraine that were highlighted in BBC1's Panorama programme last night.

'It's hard to think that far ahead. I didn't think I'd be going (to the tournament) for one,' he said.

'There's always positives and negatives at every tournament.

'There was supposed to be negatives about the World Cup in South Africa and as far as I know it was a success, it's just the way it goes.

'Everyone seems to want to pick up on the worst things of every country. I'm sure there'll be fantastic food, fantastic culture, fantastic people to meet along the way.

'I'm sure the squad will get amongst it and meet these sort of people.

Fears: Theo Walcott (left) will not have his family at the tournament because of racism worries

Fears: Theo Walcott (left) will not have his family at the tournament because of racism worries

'So without having first-hand experience myself, I don't feel I'm qualified to discuss how good or bad a country is until I've been there.'

Jagielka's Everton team-mate Leighton Baines also sidestepped questions regarding the safety of players' families and fans during the tournament.

The families of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have already indicated they will not make the journey amid fears of racial abuse.

Former England skipper Sol Campbell last night warned those travelling to Poland and Ukraine faced “coming back in a coffin” during the BBC's Panorama programme, which highlighted issues in the two countries.

'I didn't see the programme but they are obviously pretty strong comments,' Baines said.

'Sol must feel strongly to say that. It will be down to the individual to decide if they are going out.

'I don't know what each individual player in the squad and their family is doing.

'Hopefully we'll get into the group stages and then hopefully the families can come out then.'