Warburton doubt for decider
June 29, 2013
Sam Warburton is helped from the field © Getty Images
British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is a doubt for the deciding Test against Australia in Sydney after sustaining a hamstring injury in today's 16-15 defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
Warburton was helped from the pitch in the 67th minute and watched from the sidelines as Wallabies centre Christian Leali'ifano converted Adam Ashley-Cooper's late try to seal the win and level the series.
A clearer picture over Warburton's availability for the decider should emerge by Monday following a scan on the injury and the 24-year-old Wales flanker is prepared to do whatever it takes to lead the Lions at the ANZ Stadium.
"I have a sore hamstring at the moment. The normal protocol is ice every two hours throughout the night," Warburton said. "The physios never make a proper assessment until 24-48 hours, so on Monday I should know what's going on.
"I haven't done this injury before. Normally if I've tweaked a knee I know what it is, but this is a new injury. Of course I want to lead the team in the third Test and I'll do everything I can to do that."
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