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Concern for Johnny Sexton as out-half suffers another head injury

He was replaced after just nine minutes of Leinster’s game with Wasps this afternoon.

JOHNNY SEXTON’S FIRST game as Leinster captain was cut short after just nine minutes this afternoon as he was forced off with a head injury.

Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field Source: James Crombie/INPHO

The sight of the Leinster out-half gingerly making his way off the field at the Ricoh Arena is a huge concern for Ireland coach Joe Schmidt with the Six Nations just a couple of weeks away.

Sexton, who was making his 100th start for the province, clashed heads with former Leinster centre Brendan Macken during the first-half of the Champions Cup clash with Wasps.

Johnny Sexton gets treatment before leaving the field Source: James Crombie/INPHO

He headed down the tunnel after briefly receiving treatment on the field but didn’t return after failing his Head Injury Assessment (HIA).

However, he did emerge a little later on to take his place on the Leinster bench to watch the rest of the half but a potential concussion would make him a major doubt for Ireland’s opener against Wales on 7 February.

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