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Kearney adds to Ireland injury worries

17th September 2019, 13:25 by Chris Rivers

Ireland have injury concerns over full-back Rob Kearney and several other players heading into Sunday's World Cup opener with Scotland.

The world's No.1 ranked side have plenty of concerns amongst the backs ahead of the clash in Yokohama with centre Robbie Henshaw set to miss the encounter due to a hamstring issue while Keith Earls is a doubt with a thigh problem.

Fly-half Joey Carbery, back-up to first-choice No.10 Jonny Sexton, is also struggling with a thigh injury, leaving coach Joe Schmidt with several selection headaches going into the tournament opener.

Kearney, who could earn his 100th cap for Ireland at the World Cup having got to 95 in the recent warm-up win over Wales, is another concern for Schmidt as he seeks to prove his fitness in training on Wednesday having complained of a tight calf.

When asked about the fitness of the Leinster veteran and the rest of the walking wounded in camp, Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek said: "From what we saw, things are reasonably positive.

"Some of these guys can improve dramatically day-by-day compared to the average human.

"It's looking positive, so we'll reassess in the not-too-distant future."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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