Calf injury forces Johnny Sexton off just 22 minutes into Leinster's trip to Castres

He just can’t catch a break.

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THERE ARE FRESH concerns over the fitness of Johnny Sexton ahead of the Six Nations after the out-half hobbled off during the first half of Leinster’s game in Castres tonight.

Sexton has only just returned after an extended period on the sidelines with hamstring problems and he lasted just 22 minutes this evening before being withdrawn with a tight calf.

With the Six Nations starting two weeks tomorrow, the sight of Sexton making his way down the tunnel will leave Joe Schmidt fretting over the availability of his talisman for the opening game against Scotland on 4 February.

Sexton’s last involvement was during the build-up to Castres’ first try, with the Ireland international racing off the line to make a defensive hit. Ross Byrne came on in his place.

The game ended in a 24-24 draw.

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