Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell has said that Jordi Murphy is better than expected following an injury suffered against Russia last week.
The back-rower, who arrived in Japan as cover for Jack Conan, appeared to be in distress as he was removed after 26 minutes of Ireland’s 35-0 win over Russia with a rib injury.
Murphy went for a scan at the end of last week and while he remains a doubt for Saturday’s final Pool game against Samoa, he is expected to return to training on Thursday, according to Farrell.
“He’s a lot better, a lot better than we thought he would be anyway.
“He’s shaped up really well. He’s very comfortable walking around and we expect Jordi to be back training on Thursday.
“We’ve been told that he’s going to be available to train on Thursday. We select our teams in and around that so we’ll stick with that.
“We’re happy with how Jordi has pulled up, he was pretty sore after the game. After all the medical advice he’s been given, he’s in great spirits.”
Joey Carbery was a late withdrawal prior to kick off in Kobe with a twinge in his ankle. The injury has plagued him since he was taken off against Italy during their warm-up clash in August.
However, Farrell maintains that Carbery is “flying” in training and is expected to be available for this weekend’s clash.
“He’s flying, he’s in a great place. He’s in the best place I’ve certainly seen him over the last few weeks. He was running around the training ground today with a proper spring in his step.
“He’s in great spirits and he’s ready to go.”
Saturday’s fixture in Fukuoka is being monitored with the threat of typhoon hitting the region. Earlier today, World Rugby maintained that it was “too early” to say if fixtures will be affected, however, they did admit that they have a contingency plan in place.
Farrell insists that the impending typhoon has not affected Ireland’s preparations for the crunch clash.
“The boys haven’t even spoken about it really. We just go from day-to-day and get on with our preparations. World Rugby has been in touch with us and they’re as keen as we are, as you are, to get this game played.
“I believe there is a contingency plan in place but I think there’s updates every 24 hours. We just get on with our day job and try to best prepare every single day. We’ll see what comes of that.
“If you look at the weather forecast, it changes the whole time anyway so I think we probably won’t know until 48 hours or so before.”