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Ireland Give Injury Update On Johnny Sexton Ahead Of Italy Clash

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With Ireland falling to a disappointing 27-22 defeat to Scotland in their opening Six Nations fixture, the pressure is on to respond in strong fashion against Italy next weekend.

The loss at Murrayfield has destroyed any hope of a grand slam for Joe Schmidt’s side, but a bonus point win in Rome on Saturday would at least put them back in contention to win the trophy itself.

Leinster fly-half Johnny Sexton missed out on the opening match having failed to recover from a calf injury, and while Ireland manager Paul Dean is optimistic that the 31-year-old will return to the starting fifteen next weekend, he was not able to confirm or deny that Sexton will play.

Dean told RTÉ Sport:

“He’s frustrated but Jonathan has been around a long time.

“He’s very professional in his approach, and he wants to play, he really wants to play.

“We have to make sure that he’s ready and that he returns at the right time.

“The medics care going to make this decision.

“Personally I thought he was going to play last week but the medics had decided that he would be better sitting out.”

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 19/11/2016 Ireland vs New Zealand Ireland’s Johnny Sexton Mandatory Credit
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Peter O’Mahony, who was also absent against Scotland, is also reported to be back running in training. There are no other injuries to report ahead of the starting lineup announcement later this week, with Tadhg Furlong’s bruised shoulder not serious enough to stop him from training.

Italy will also be keen to secure a positive result on Saturday. Conor O’Shea’s side looked like they might cause an upset at one stage against Wales on Sunday before fatigue set in a somewhat brutal second half collapse led to a dispiriting 33-7 loss at the Stadio Olimpico.

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