Andy Farrell hints at who will replace Robbie Henshaw if he withdraws from Ireland squad


Ireland were dealt their first real big injury blow this week with Robbie Henshaw picking up a hamstring injury in training.

The Leinster centre will miss this evening’s game against Scotland and looks set to be sidelined for a number of weeks, putting his Rugby Word Cup campaign at risk.

Stuart McCloskey has come in to take Henshaw’s place on the bench, with a decision on whether or not to replace him in the squad set to be made early next week.

Ireland boss Andy Farrel was asked about the injury following his team announcement this week and stated that it looks like Henshaw will be out for at least two weeks.

“He pulled up with a hamstring, unfortunately, at the end of the session on Tuesday, and the diagnosis with hamstrings, they want to see how things settle down,” said Farrell.

“It probably takes about five days for that type of thing to happen, but it looks like it could be a minimum of a couple of weeks at this stage.”

And Farrell has hinted that he won’t call up a centre to replace Henshaw, rather prop Cian Healy who recently revealed he is back to full fitness ahead of schedule after missing out on the original squad with a calf injury.

“It all depends in regards to if someone else goes down [against Scotland],” Farrell added.

“What does the squad need? What do we need to be able to prepare properly?

“It’s not always a replacement like for like, so Cian [Healy] is obviously one of those players who’s at the forefront of our minds.”

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