Fresh Injury Concern For Andy Farrell Ahead Of Ireland’s Six Nations Opener With Scotland


New Ireland boss Andy Farrell has been hit with a fresh injury concern ahead of their Six Nations opener with Scotland next month.

Leinster fullback Jordan Larmour was replaced by Rob Kearney 71 minutes into their 18-0 win over Benetton over the weekend with the province revealing he sustained a foot injury.

Larmour was expected to start at fullback against Scotland next month with mainstay Rob Kearney’s Ireland career seemingly over after he was left out of Farrell’s first squad as head coach.

A Leinster statement confirmed that the player will be assessed by the IRFU’s medical team this week.

“The majority of the 23 that played against Benetton Rugby on Saturday in the Heineken Champions Cup came through the game with no issues although Jordan Larmour did pick up a low-grade foot injury in the game,” the statement read.

“He will be further assessed by the IRFU medical team.”

If Larmour doesn’t recover in time Ulster’s Will Addison will likely be next in line with the former Sale Sharks man in excellent form so far this season. Addison set-up a try in the northern province’s win over Bath on Saturday with an excellent break and offload before touching down himself no long after.

There are also doubts surrounding the fitness of Munster’s Chris Farrell after the centre was forced to withdraw from their squad to face Ospreys following a “freak” training ground injury to his knee.

Ulster’s Stuart McCloskey has since been called up to train with the squad as cover. New captain Johnny Sexton meanwhile is expected to be fit and ready to face Scotland.

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