Six Nations: Concern over Sexton's head knocks
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.”