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Kearney passed fit for Ireland opener

18th September 2019, 17:49 by Chris Rivers

Ireland have Rob Kearney, Keith Earls and Joe Carbery available to face Scotland after they were passed fit for the World Cup opener.

The trio were all rated as doubtful on Tuesday for this weekend's encounter in Yokohama with full-back Kearney the biggest concern due to a calf injury.

However, he has shaken off the issue and should earn his 96th cap in the Pool A encounter, with centre Earls likely to join him in Joe Schmidt's starting XV after he overcame a thigh complaint.

The news Earls has recovered from the injury he picked up in the final warm-up match with Wales is a huge boost to Ireland after they confirmed Robbie Henshaw would miss the clash due to a hamstring issue.

Meanwhile, fly-half Carbery will take his place on the bench having made a rapid recovery from the ankle injury suffered in the win over Italy last month.

Giving an update on the injury issues in the camp, defence coach Andy Farrell said: "Robbie won't make this weekend. We are very happy with his progress but he will sit out this weekend and hopefully he will be available for next week.

"We're pleased with how things have gone today. Rob and Keith ran well, and trained well.

"There's a few protocols that they need to go to, so that's what we need to adhere to with the medical staff. But they are very happy."

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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