Ireland sweat on D'Arcy and Earls
February 5, 2013
Gordon D'Arcy is a doubt for Ireland © Getty Images
D'Arcy suffered a dead leg and Earls incurred a shoulder problem during Saturday's 30-22 victory over Wales. But in better news for Ireland, Brian O'Driscoll and Mike Ross played a full part in training on Tuesday after suffering a head wound and severe cramp respectively against Wales. And fullback Rob Kearney is available for Sunday despite his bruised back.
"Gordon suffered a nasty dead leg but is recovering better than we expected," Ireland's team manager Mick Kearney said. "The prognosis is still guarded but we are more hopeful than we were yesterday. He will do modified training today and tomorrow.
"Keith took a blow to his left shoulder that was quite sore. The prognosis is guarded. He will do modified training today and tomorrow and will be reviewed by a specialist tomorrow."
Munster and Ireland forward Peter O'Mahony suffered concussion against Wales but his condition is improving rapidly and his involvement against England is subject to the International Rugby Board's concussion guidelines.
With Ireland still waiting on a number of injuries, Connacht full-back Robbie Henshaw, Leinster back row Rhys Ruddock, Ulster centre Darren Cave and Ulster wing Andrew Trimble have been called up to the squad.
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