Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt gave a positive update on Joey Carbery’s injury which he predicts ‘will be fine’.
Ireland ran out 26 – 10 winners in front of a half-filled Aviva Stadium.
Carbery appeared to get his leg caught under a ruck in the 50th minute and received medical treatment on the pitch. The Munsterman was eventually driven off by the medical cart before being replaced at ten by Connacht’s Jack Carty.
“The good news is there’s no fracture, it’s a bit puffy on the inside of his left ankle,” said Schmidt. “We’ll give it 24 to 48 hours for the swelling to go down.
“He’s been cleared of a fracture so that’s the good news on Joey.“We don’t have anyone else who’s a major concern.“We’re hopefully relatively unscathed but Joey it will take 24 to 48 hours to know for sure.
“I was really happy with Joey’s performance today.“Defensively he got himself into the right places, and that’s a challenge sometimes.
“I thought he ran the game very well, the variety of his kicking game and running game.
“He is a danger with the ball, and he almost got through the line a couple of times. “I thought as a package Joey’s game was really tidy.”
“I predict that he will be fine. The more he walked on it, the better he got.”
“There was a few lung injuring, players who didn’t get enough oxygen in” quipped the New Zealander, who returned from New Zealand this weekend following a family bereavement. “We’re hopefully relatively unscathed.”
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