Ireland bank on Munster rugby star Carbery returning to fitness

Ireland bank on Munster rugby star Carbery returning to fitness
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THERE was mixed news for Munster players with the announcement of Joe Schmidt’s 40-man training squad.

Out-half Joey Carbery, despite picking up an ankle injury last weekend against Italy, has been included in the squad which headed yesterday to weather training camp in Portugal.

So too is Munster second row Jean Kleyn, who made his debut for Ireland at the Aviva last weekend having only qualified to play for the country two days prior to the game.

No so lucky is Munster full-back Mike H­­­­­aley who is one of three players trimmed from last weekend’s squad.

The IRFU confirmed that Carbery will be available for selection in “four to six weeks” as he has commenced his rehab sustained in the second half against the Azzurri.

The other two players trimmed from Schmidt’s squad are versatile halfback John Cooney, indicating that the Ireland medical team are confident that Carbery will be back within the timeframe indicated. Cooney can play scrum half as well as out-half and is also a placekicker.

Connacht’s Finlay Bealham was the third player to be sent back to his province.

Any worries about Devin Toner’s fitness were also allayed with the IRFU confirming his ankle injury “has not presented any further issues”.

Rob Herring also has also recovered from a back spasm which forced him off against the Italians and headed to Portugal with the rest of the squad.

Dave Kearney, along with Kleyn, did enough last weekend to warrant a further look and he has also travelled to Portugal.

Ireland’s next warm-up match is against England at Twickenham on 24 August.

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