Sean McMahon reporting from the Aviva Stadium
The only blight on what was a very good performance from Ireland in their 19-10 victory over Wales at the Aviva Stadium was a member of the Irish medical staff accompanying Keith Earls from the pitch during the second half.
On 53 minutes, just as Tadhg Furlong scored Ireland’s second try of the match, Earls lay on the Lansdowne Road turf with his head in his hands as fears surrounding his participation in the World Cup came into focus.
The Limerick man had not played any minutes for Ireland throughout the preseason as he dealt with a tendonitis issue in his knee with today’s start being his first appearance in green this season.
Earls took his place on the bench with an ice-pack firmly attacked to his upper knee/quad area and Ireland fans will hope it is not too serious.
Head coach Joe Schmidt provided this update in the post-match press conference.
“He’s walking around okay,” Schmidt said.
“Those sorts of things, you’ve just to wait and see if it’s okay tomorrow. Potentially he could have played on, he feels like he could have, but no way in a game like that are you going to keep someone on.”
“His quad, whether it is a whack in the quad or just above the knee, he was uncomfortable. We’ll get more info tomorrow.”