Ireland have been given some positive news on the injury front with both Jordi Murphy and Joey Carbery set to return to full training this week.
It means that both players could be in line for selection for Ireland’s crucial final pool game against Samoa against Fukuoka on Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 11.15am).
Murphy lasted only 27 minutes of Ireland’s 35-0 win over Russia in Kobe on Thursday before being forced to retire with a rib injury.
It looked like a cruel end the Ulster back row’s World Cup campaign after only arriving in Japan earlier in the week as a replacement for the injured Jack Conan.
However, defence coach Andy Farrell said he expects the versatile former Leinster man to train fully on Thursday.
"He's a lot better than we thought he would be anyway," Farrell said.
"He has shaped up really well. He's very comfortable, and walking around. We expect Jordi to be back training on Thursday.
"We've been told he's going to be available on Thursday, and we select our teams in and around that. So we'll stick to that.
"We're happy with how Jordi has pulled up. He was pretty sore after the game, and after all the medical advice that he's been given he's in great spirits."
There was good news also on Joey Carbery after the Munster out-half was a late withdrawal from the squad for the clash with Russia.
However, he is expected to be fully fit and available for selection for the Samoa clash after resuming training on Monday morning.
"He's flying yeah, he's in a great place, the best place I've certainly seen him over the last few weeks, Farrell added.
"He was running around the training ground today like he's got a proper spring in his step. He's in great spirits, and ready to go."
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