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Ireland's injury concerns ease ahead of second Test

Published: 11:43AM Monday June 11, 2012 Source: Reuters

  • Down but not out: Cian Healy of Ireland  (Source: Photosport )
    Down but not out: Cian Healy of Ireland - Source: Photosport

Ireland's injury concerns in the front row have eased with loosehead prop Cian Healy's shoulder injury not as bad as first thought.

Healy had to be replaced in the second half of Ireland's 42-10 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday and coach Declan Kidney had said afterwards the injury was a concern.

The 24-year-old, however, had improved over the last 24 hours and would be monitored during the week, along with tighthead prop Declan Fitzpatrick, who was also injured during the match.

The debutant's injury, initially thought to be a hamstring strain, turned out to be a gluteal muscle strain.

Neither of the front rowers had been ruled out of contention for selection for the second Test in Christchurch this weekend, the team said.

The visitors could have faced a crisis in their front row this week with regular tighthead Mike Ross still suffering a hamstring injury that kept him out of the first Test.

Utility back Keith Earls, however, was ruled out of the second Test after he sustained a pectoral muscle injury in the later stages of the game at Eden Park.