Ireland: Cian Healy injury ‘doesn’t look too good’

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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell admits that loosehead prop Cian Healy could have picked up a serious injury after being forced off the field during Wednesday’s match.

Healy, who came on for Jeremy Loughman, suffered a lower limb injury during his side’s disappointing defeat to the Maori All Blacks.

With Iain Henderson already ruled out of the tour, Rob Herring picking up a knock in training and Mack Hansen testing positive for Covid, this is another setback for the Irish ahead of their first Test with New Zealand.

“Cian doesn’t look too good… he was in a bit of pain coming off the field,” said Farrell. “(The injury) has settled down a bit so we will have to see with him.

“Jeremy actually passed his HIA (head injury assessment) by the independent doctor. We brought him off as a precaution, put Cian on and then that happens to Cian, which is not nice really.

“Jimmy (O’Brien) came off with a strain. He’s feeling good in the changing rooms. James Hume has a bit of a groin injury that needs assessment tomorrow.”

Miserable evening

Healy’s injury completed a miserable day for Ireland following their 32-17 defeat to the Maori All Blacks on Wednesday.

They particularly struggled in the first period, going 32-10 down at the break before competing far better in the second half.

“We’re disappointed, the boys are disappointed, obviously,” Farrell added.

“They feel they could have given a better account of themselves, certainly in the first half. The Maori team 100 per cent deservedly won that game.

“But I’m proud of the boys, the way they came back. It could have been a landslide with the way the score was at half-time.

“The way that some of the individuals have learned, stood up, done some unbelievably good stuff and then some really poor stuff on the back of that is brilliant learnings.

“In all, it’s a good day for us in regards to lads learning lessons and knowing that if we fix a few things, especially discipline-wise, we can give a better account of ourselves in the next game.”

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