Australia’s Israel Folau could be set to miss his side’s pool-deciding match-up against Wales this Saturday.
Locked on 13 points apiece at the top of Pool A, Wales and Australia will do battle this weekend knowing a loss could likely set up a meeting with South Africa whilst a win will result in a clash with Scotland or Japan.
The Wallabies may have to go into this game without their heroic full-back, Folau, after it emerged on Tuesday morning that the 26-year-old had not trained on Monday due to an ankle injury sustained during the Wallabies’ 33-13 victory over hosts England.
Stephen Larkham, Australia’s backs coach is quoted in Wales Online as saying:
“We have an injury concern over Israel. He came off the field in the game against England with a sore ankle and did not train yesterday (Monday).
“We will see how he pulls up today (Tuesday) and I am not sure if he will even train.”
Unfortunately for the southern hemisphere men, Folau is not the only injury concern ahead of Saturday’s clash, as Larkham also revealed that Rob Horne is set to miss the game this weekend.
“Rob is still on the injured list but we are hopeful he can be turned around in a week or so.
“It is unlikely he will face Wales.”
Australia play Wales at 4:45pm on Saturday at Twickenham, hoping Folau will have recovered in time.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena