Johnny Sexton has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s Six Nations campaign after Leinster confirmed the out-half will not be available for this weekend’s Heineken Champions Cup game against Northampton Saints due to a knee injury.
Sexton was forced off in Leinster’s 43-16 win at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday after falling awkwardly while being tackled.
The province have confirmed that the 34-year-old will see a specialist today for a further scan on his knee.
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Farrell will take his first training camp as Ireland boss later this month, and Sexton’s fitness will be a chief concern, with Farrell also without the on-field experience of the recently retired Rory Best.
Meanwhile, Leinster also confirmed that Joe Tomane will be out of action for six to eight weeks following a re-occurrence of a hamstring injury, and Rory O’Loughlin will also miss out at the Aviva Stadium this weekend as he rehabs a shoulder problem.
James Ryan is going through the Graduated Return to Play protocols after being removed during Saturday’s defeat of Northampton with a head injury.
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