Ireland's Rugby World Cup preparations have been disrupted by an injury to Jonathan Sexton who is currently unable to participate in full training according to report by Rúaidhrí O'Connor at the Irish Independent.
The flyhalf has suffered a thumb injury during the first two-week block of training that took place between June 16 and 28.
Jonathan Sexton injury scare disrupts Ireland's World Cup preparations https://t.co/owL5dvxdep— Independent Sport (@IndoSport) July 10, 2019
It is expected that the injury could take Sexton four to six weeks to fully recover from which would leave the current World Player of the Year as a doubt to feature in Ireland’s first World Cup warm-up game against Italy on August 10th.
The injury will not threaten the 33-year-old’s prospects of featuring at the tournament itself but his absence from training his a blow for Joe Schmidt's planning.
Sexton’s inability to take part in team runs opens the door for Joey Carbery, Jack Carty and Ross Byrne all of whom are battling it out for a place on the plane to Japan behind Sexton.
The IRFU responded to the reports about Sexton's injury confirming to RTÉ Sport that they have 'no concerns' about his fitness with updates to follow later this week.