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Payne the latest doubt for Ireland ahead of Twickenham trip

Jared Payne is Ireland's latest injury doubt after he suffered a grade one hamstring strain in Saturday's defeat by France.

JARED Payne has emerged as Ireland’s latest injury doubt as they start to prepare for the challenge of Grand Slam-chasing England next weekend.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt revealed earlier that the Ulster centre suffered a grade one hamstring strain in the first half of Saturday’s 10-9 defeat by France in Paris.

“We already had to put Fergus McFadden on when Dave Kearney got taken out, so on the basis of that, Jared basically said he’d go as long as he could.

“He was doing such a good job for us. Defensively he really shut down some opportunities they had. He certainly won’t train this week and we’ll have to just monitor him in the lead up to the England game,” said Schmidt.

Sean O’Brien has suffered a grade two hamstring tear, which will rule him out of the trip to Twickenham and potentially the rest of the Six Nations.

He had missed the opening round draw with Wales because of a hamstring strain and suffered the tear less than 20 minutes in at the Stade de France.

Second row Mike McCarthy is set to see a specialist “because of the nature of the impact” which left him with concussion.

He clashed heads with team-mate Jack McGrath in the second half and had to be stretchered off. He will now follow return-to-play protocols and is a major doubt for the England game.

Dave Kearney’s shoulder knock has been confirmed as an AC joint injury, and he is “very likely to miss the England game” as a result.

Jonathan Sexton, who was withdrawn through injury for the fourth consecutive time in an Ireland-France fixture, “is certainly feeling a lot better 48 hours post game,” said Schmidt.

“His neck and shoulder is more of a whiplash injury,” added the Ireland boss.


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