Joe Schmidt Pencils In Johnny Sexton’s Return Date For Ireland

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Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt reckons outhalf Johnny Sexton will be good to go for Ireland’s next World Cup warm-up against England on August 24 in Twickenham.

The Leinster playmaker has been nursing a hand injury for the last few weeks, but looks to have made a full recovery. Schmidt says he could have played against Italy if needed.

“He could have played [against Italy],” Schmidt said

“He trained fully in the footage that I’ve looked at from the week. Apparently he trained very, very hard [Friday] morning, which is great.”

“I would anticipate that he would train fully in Portugal and that he would be available for England.”

Sexton’s return is timely, with Joey Carbery likely to be sidelined for around six weeks following a thumb injury in the win over Italy on Saturday.

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