Injury Updates On Dave Kilcoyne & Jacob Stockdale Ahead Of The Six Nations
Two weeks to go.
Jacob Stockdale and Dave Kilcoyne both limped on yesterday in their respective Champions Cup games, with the latter a serious concern ahead of the first opening block of games against France and Italy.
Kilcoyne, who is one of three looseheads in the squad along with Leinster duo Jack McGrath and Cian Healy, limped rather gingerly down the tunnel at Thomond Park after hobbling off early in the first-half in the win over Castres.
Speaking after the game, Munster head coach Johann van Graan didn’t want to speculate to much on the injury, but say it would have to take something serious to force the Ard Scoil Rís prop to stay down. Kilcoyne also left the stadium on crutches, with his knee heavily iced.
“He’s in a bit of pain, a lot of ice around the knee,” van Graan said,
“Think it will be a bit of time before we know exactly what’s wrong. If he stays down it might be serious but I don’t want to speculate at this stage. He’s important to our squad and to Ireland so I hope he recovers really quickly.”
There’s good new however, for Jaco Stockdale, who is expected to be back fit and ready for the opener against France in Paris. The Ulster winger also limped off early in the first-half as his side went crashing out of the Champions Cup.
“I’d say everything will be fine by the end of the week,” Ulster boss Less Kiss said, noting Stockdale only had a dead leg.
Ireland’s Six Nations campaign gets underway on February 3 against France.