Johnny Sexton Facing Lengthy Absence Following “Significant Medial Tear”


Ireland international outhalf Johnny Sexton will be out for 8-10 weeks following a significant medial tear to his right knee, according to Des Berry in the Irish Independent.

Sexton was forced off early in the second half of Leinster’s bonus-point win over Northampton Saints on Saturday after landing very awkwardly following a challenge.

The timeline means he will likely miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations 2020 campaign. This included their opening game against Scotland and their Round 2 clash with Wales – both at the Aviva Stadium.

Sexton could be back in time for Ireland’s Twickenham clash with England on February 23, but there are no guarantees. He also looks set to miss all three of Leinster’s remaining matches in the Heineken Champions Cup as well as the three inter-provincials over the Christmas-New Year period.

Joey Carbery will likely take his place providing the Munster outhalf can find some fitness himself. He’s yet to play for Munster this season after returning from the World Cup with an ankle problem but is expected to be back in action before the end of the month.