Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ireland's CJ Stander faces up to four weeks out with facial injury

Ireland's CJ Stander faces up to four weeks out with facial injury

Ireland will be without three key players for their Six Nations trip to Scotland after Garry Ringrose and Devin Toner joined CJ Stander on the sidelines.

Leinster midfielder Ringrose has picked up a hamstring complaint, while Toner aggravated an existing ankle problem in Saturday's 32-20 Dublin defeat by England.

Ringrose and Toner were ruled out of the Saturday's match at Murrayfield after further assessment by medical staff, but wing Keith Earls was involved in training on Tuesday despite a hip injury.

With Ireland's Grand Slam hopes now dashed, it will be imperative for Joe Schmidt's men to dust themselves and try to get their Six Nations title hopes back on track. "Keith Earls trained today", the Irish Rugby Football Union confirmed on social media.

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"CJ Stander has a facial injury that could rule him out for up to four weeks", read the IRFU statement.

Stander's brother-in-law Ryk Neethling tweeted on Saturday night "proud of CJ Stander playing 62mins with two fractures in his cheek and eye socket", though Ireland are yet to confirm the full extent of the injuries.

Stander was replaced just after an hour by Sean O'Brien at the Aviva Stadium. Tadhg Beirne and Iain Henderson are also unavailable due to injury.

Ireland's remaining second-row cover in addition to James Ryan, are Connacht duo, Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux.

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