Ireland received mixed injury news

Brian O’Driscoll will be ready to line up for Ireland in their return clash against France this weekend having sat out Saturday’s 19-12 defeat at the hands of Les Blues.

O’Driscoll has been struggling with an injury to his neck/shoulder for some time and also missed the defeat at the hands of Scotland little over a week ago, but is now nearing full fitness and should be able to play at least some part in the game at the Aviva Stadium this weekend.

He could be joined in midfield by the returning Gordon D’Arcy who has also missed both of Ireland’s World Cup warm-up games this summer, while Stephen Ferris could return to action against England the week following the game against France.

Brian O’Driscoll, Stephen Ferris and Gordon D’Arcy are all continuing to progress well,” said manager Paul McNaughton. “It’s expected that they will be upping their involvement in training this week and will be in contention for selection. “Tommy Bowe is also making progress and it is hoped that he will be in line for selection the week after.”

While the trio returning to wearing rugby shirts once more offered Ireland head coach Declan Kidney some good news ahead of the World Cup, Rob Kearney’s fitness for the tournament was in doubt after the full-back limped off in the defeat against France.

“Rob had a scan to examine the extent of the injury today and will be reviewed again tomorrow,” said McNaughton.

“At the outset the injury does not seem too serious, but we will wait to see the result of the scan and also how the injury settles before we review it. Outside of the normal bumps and minor knocks from a test match, there are no other major injuries to report.”

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