Robbie Henshaw will remain in Japan with the Ireland squad after receiving ‘reasonably positive’ news on the hamstring injury he suffered in training last week.
The Leinster centre, who was one of the stars of Ireland’s 19-10 win over Wales at the Aviva last Saturday week, will miss the opening game against Scotland on Sunday but will remain with the squad.
Following a scan on Sunday, assistant coach Greg Feek reported that the news was “reasonably positive” but declined to say when the Athlone man would be fit enough to play.
“Robbie’s looking a lot better, just back from training and still sorting things out but it’s reasonably positive in terms of what we saw,” Feek said.
“Day-by-day, week-by-week, things can improve so we’re just taking it like that. From here on in, we’ll see how it goes over the next few days and then reassess.
“I know what game he’ll be targeting, it’s still early days.
“We still have hopes for next week. We’ll go day-by-day, there will be another update next week.
“He’s a good man, great to have around and his work ethic is incredible. To be around now, I guess that’s a bit of a relief.”
Ireland also have an injury concern over winger Keith Earls who didn’t train fully with the squad on Sunday.
Speaking about the Munster winger, Feek said: “Keith is chipping away, he’s working hard.
“He’s his own man, he’s working hard and he’s going good. They’ll look at that this afternoon.”
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