With three games already completed on this year’s Lions Tour and the hectic schedule in which these fixtures have taken place, there are always going to be injuries cropping up, it’s part and parcel of the Lions.
Although it must be said, perhaps the injuries which have occurred thus far haven’t been as serious or significant as many would have expected – no additional players have been called up to the squad since Greig Laidlaw and James Haskell were drafted in for Ben Youngs and Billy Vunipola, respectively.
With Warren Gatland announcing his matchday 23 for Tuesday’s clash with the Highlanders this morning, the 53-year-old Kiwi offered some injury updates on a number of players in the squad.
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Conor Murray suffered a dislocated finger in the victory over the Crusaders and will not train fully before the match with the Highlanders, however, it’s an all too common injury for rugby players and Murray should be fine once the finger has been reset correctly.
“Conor Murray dislocated his finger, so he won’t take a full part in training tomorrow,” Gatland said.
With regards to Jonathan Davies, who was removed from the field of play and subsequently failed a HIA during the match in Christchurch, the Lions head coach reveals that the Scarlets man is symptom free. However, slightly more worrying news is for Stuart Hogg, the Glasgow Warriors flyer will need to see a specialist to determine the extent of a cheekbone injury he suffered in an unfortunate collision with Murray.
“Jon Davies is symptom free which is good. We are having a specialist look at Stuart Hogg’s cheek to see how serious that is. We are hoping he will be okay but it needs someone more qualified than me to look at it.”
Finally, Ross Moriarty, who hasn’t featured since his impressive performance against the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, is suffering from a back strain which has kept him out of full training for the past week. It is hoped though that the powerful Welshman will return to training in three days time.
“Ross Moriarty has had a bit of back strain and hasn’t taken a huge part in training.
“Hopefully he will be back in full training in three days time. He would have been an impact at No. 8 for this game.”
Moriarty and Hogg seem to be the biggest concerns at the moment and Gatland will hope to receive some good news on the duo over the coming days.
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