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Published: 15:52 | 22/2/16

Payne worry for Ireland


Jared Payne is a doubt for Ireland's RBS Six Nations showdown with England on Saturday.

Payne sustained a hamstring injury during the narrow defeat to France and will see out Monday's training session as the management team adopt a 'wait and see' approach to his fitness.

It is hoped the Ulster player will be able to train on Tuesday but a decision on his availability for the trip to Twickenham will not be made until later in the week.

"Jared Payne is continuing his rehab and the hope is that he will train fully tomorrow," Ireland team manager Mick Kearney told reporters on Monday.

"He did some running last week and will continue with that rehab today.

"It's a bit of a wait and see for him. I'd say the expectation is that he will train fully tomorrow, so we'll know a little more by this time tomorrow."

Johnny Sexton suffered a whiplash injury against France and subsequently hurt his ankle in Friday's training session, but Kearney insists he is fit for Saturday's game.

"Johnny Sexton rolled his ankle last Friday and sat out the remainder of the session as a precaution," said Kearney.

"He's very good. He was taken out of the session on Friday purely as a precaution. He's in and will train fully this afternoon."

Head coach Joe Schmidt has included Cian Healy and Mike Ross in the squad for the weekend after they proved their fitness for Leinster and both after available for selection.

Cian and Mike both joined the squad today. Tadhg Furlong has got that thigh injury and James Cronin has been allowed back to his province," Kearney confirmed.

"I think they're pretty well there. They both participated in Leinster's last two games and both got a significant amount of game-time at the weekend against Cardiff.

"So they're in, fully fit and available for selection."

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