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Biting allegations against Healy but injury may have ended tour early

The Leinster and Ireland prop suffered a nasty ankle twist and was stretchered off.

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CIAN HEALY HAD a Lions debut to forget as he was stretchered off in the first-half and may yet face a citing over biting allegations.

The Leinster and Ireland prop twisted his ankle badly after he was grappled to the ground in the middle of a Lions attack that led to a Leigh Halfpenny penalty.

The Lions held sway over Western Force in Perth but Healy’s involvement in the tour could be at a premature end.

The Dubliner was treated by Dr James Robson and Dr Eanna Falvey for several minutes before a motorised cart led him from the pitch. A full diagnosis should follow post-match and after a full scan in the morning, once the initial swelling goes down.

Healy’s replacement, Mako Vunipola, scored his first Lions try early in the second-half when he powered over from close range in the righthand corner.

Earlier in the game, Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan had alleged Healy bit him, leading to an unusual call for the TMO to study video replays.

Speaking to Fox Sports Rugby at half-time, Sheehan stated that he was unaware if the alleged bite was intentional or not.

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