British and Irish Lions backs coach Andy Farrell believes there is enough options to replace Stuart Hogg as he may miss the rest of the New Zealand series.
Hogg’s cheek made contact with Irishman Conor Murray’s elbow in Saturdays win against the Crusaders. Hogg is yet to hear back from a specialist medical exam which will determine his role in the remaining games of the tour.
With Hogg being the current first choice for Gatland, Farrell has said that the boss will, “give Stuart all the time he needs to make sure he’s right,” before the three important fixtures coming up. Although, if Hogg is to sit out the remaining fixtures, the Lions will be well covered, with Daly, Watson and Halfpenny being a few of the main options to slot in at fullback.
It is Irishman Jared Payne who will slot in for tomorrows game against the Highlanders, which standby call up James Haskell will be looking forward to as he faces his former side.
It will be important for the Lions to get a result against the Highlanders to keep spirits high leading up to the first All Blacks clash on the 24th June.
You can see the Lions go up against the Highlanders tomorrow morning, Kick-Off 8.35am, coverage starts on Sky Sports at 8am.