Fly-half Johnny Sexton could now be in doubt for Ireland’s Six Nations venture, after going off the pitch on Friday ‘with a bit of tightness’ in his calf, in Leinster’s Champions Cup game against Catsres which ended 24-24.
Sexton without this injury was a definite shout for Schmidt, but he is now fighting against an unexpected injury which could see him have his place in the stands for this years tournament. Although, it could go either way for Ireland, as the true extent of the injury is not yet known. Sexton would be missed by Ireland but would be replaced by Jackson who looks to build on his Ireland career.
Despite the injury, Sexton remains positive as he looks to gain fitness for Ireland’s opener against the fellow home nation Scotland. The first pick fly-half has been backed by his club boss to be fit for the Six Nations after actions were made as soon as he felt the problem. Leo Cullen (Leinster coach) stated that; “he was almost making the call (to come off) himself.”
This call proves Sexton is up for the Six Nations, and will definitely not want to be kept out by injury. Will he make it back to full fitness for their opener on February 4th? Or will he have to wait until the tournament is under way?