Johnny Sexton will undergo further assessment this week to find out the severity of a hip injury he sustained in Saturday night’s win over the Scarlets.
Sexton was sent off in the second half of the 50-15 victory with coach Leo Cullen describing the problem as “a hip flexor problem”.
Provincial chiefs today revealed that Sexton was assessed on Monday and will be assessed again later this week by medics as they attempt to tackle the root of the problem.
News of his fitness will be watched closely by Andy Farrell as Ireland host Japan in three weeks before facing the All Blacks at Aviva Stadium on November 13.
Sexton’s international colleague James Ryan has entered graduated return-to-play protocols and will be assessed further during the week by provincial medics while Harry Byrne (hip) Dave Kearney (ankle) and Rory O’Loughlin ( shoulder) all resumed training on Monday.
Jimmy O’Brien, who retired late on game day against the Scarlets due to illness and will be assessed in more detail this week according to today’s report.
Caelan Doris (calf) and CiarÃ¡n Frawley (dead leg) both got through the game against the Scarlets with no issues and will train normally this week while Jack Dunne (ankle) and Scott Penny (dead leg) both resumed training full.