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Ireland hit by Stander blow

5th February 2019, 01:11 by Michael Holland

Ireland will be without CJ Stander for the next four weeks after he picked up a facial injury in the defeat against England.

The forward suffered suspected fractures of his eye socket and cheekbone during the defeat at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday and will now be forced to miss the matches against Scotland and Italy.

Leinster's Sean O'Brien is in contention for a starting role at the weekend after recovering from a broken arm and team-mate Peter O'Mahony is backing him to fill the void.

"I'm not going to sit here and pick the team, but Sean O'Brien, the name along speaks for itself," said O'Mahony. "He's been unlucky with injury here and there, but there isn't anybody more professional and a big-game player than Sean O'Brien."

Elsewhere, Keith Earls, Devin Toner and Garry Ringrose will be monitored before Saturday's trip to Murrayfield, while wing Andrew Conway has been released from camp this week with a tight calf.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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