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Scrum-half worry for Ireland as Murray set for further scan, Reddan strains ligaments

Lock Dave Foley will also see a surgeon about his wrist this week.

IRELAND HAVE MAJOR injury concerns over the country’s leading scrum-halves with the clock ticking down to the Six Nations.

Eoin Reddan was replaced in the first half of Leinster’s 20-20 draw with Wasps and today’s medical update from the IRFU say the Limerick man has strained medial ligaments.

The statement adds that Reddan is undergoing rehab in an effort to recover in time for the opening Six Nations fixture against Italy in 12 days time.

There was no further clarity around Conor Murray’s neck injury sustained a fortnight ago in the act of scoring a try against Zebre. The Union say the Lions scrum-half will undergo further scans on the issue this week.

While Dave Kearney’s shoulder injury will be monitored throughout the week, Rhys Ruddock also remains doubtful. The back row who starred as an openside for Ireland in November has not joined up with the Ireland squad this week and is continuing his recovery from an arm injury with Leinster.

Kieran Marmion scores his side's opening try James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

Jamie Heaslip will continue to manage his shoulder injury and he will be rested from contact training in Carton House this week. Munster second row Dave Foley looks set to miss a chunk of the tournament after scans showed ligament damage in his wrist. The Tipperary man will go for a consultation with a surgeon this week.

There was some good news in the shape of Keith Earls, Robbie Henshaw and Kieran Marmion as all are expected to train this week with the latter’s importance to the squad growing by the day.

There was no mention of Cian Healy or Sean O’Brien who were said to be close to making Leinster’s squad last weekend.

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