Sat 9 Feb 2019 | 10:12

Six Nations: Concern over Sexton's head knocks

Six Nations: Concern over Sexton's head knocks
Sat 9 Feb 2019 | 10:12
Six Nations: Concern over Sexton's head knocks
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INJURY UPDATE: Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was ‘hopeful’ that flyhalf Johnny Sexton will make a speedy recovery from two head knocks he suffered in his team’s 22-13 win over Scotland at the weekend.

Schmidt admitted at least one of the blows was from ‘friendly fire’.

The 33-year-old failed a Head Injury Assessment and Joey Carbery came on in the 24th minute.

“Johnny failed an HIA,” Schmidt told a post-match media briefing”, adding: “He just banged his head in the build-up to our second try, he just fell pretty heavily.

“He seems to be doing quite well now though, so we’re hopeful he’ll be okay for the next game [against Italy on February 24].

“He copped a stamp at one point.

“I don’t even think it was a Scottish foot, I think it was one of our guys who tripped over him.

“He got two knocks, so they were cumulative, and he has a swollen ankle, but that’s just swelling and he should bounce back from that pretty quickly.”

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