Ireland manager Joe Schmidt has expressed his hope that Robbie Henshaw will be fit for his side’s opening World Cup matchup against Scotland, but admitted that it was unlikely.
Henshaw pulled up during a recent training session – citing a hamstring problem and as a result, his fitness ahead of Ireland’s clash with Scotland in seven days has become unclear.
Ireland will, of course, need all of their best players fit if they are to mount any type of meaningful offense and in a recent statement to the media, Schmidt assured those present that everything is being done to make sure his team are at their strongest.
Will Addison, who is acting as a standby player ahead of this month’s tournament, was withdrawn from Ulster’s starting lineup for a pre-season game against Glasgow Warriors.
Speaking to the media from the squad’s hotel in Chiba on Sunday, Schmidt explained how the removal of Addison from the Ulster squad was nothing but a precaution – despite making his uncertainty about Henshaw clear.
“Robbie pulled up with a bit of tightness in his hamstring. He has a scan at 2pm. That will give us more information.
“When he pulled up he wasn’t accelerating. We’d be hopeful it is not too bad. It is likely to rule him out of this week? Yeah, you would have to say it is likely, the fact that he did pull up but we’d be hopefully it is not too bad.
“I don’t want to guess until we get the scan.” (via Irish Examiner)