Earls injury doubt for start of Six Nations

Colm Kinsella

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Colm Kinsella

Keith Earls will be out of action for between six and eight weeks after picking up a knee injury against Edinburgh last wekeend
MUNSTER’S flying winger Keith Earls is an injury doubt for Ireland’s opening Six Nations fixtures after injuring his knee in the province’s Heineken Cup victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park yesterday.

MUNSTER’S flying winger Keith Earls is an injury doubt for Ireland’s opening Six Nations fixtures after injuring his knee in the province’s Heineken Cup victory over Edinburgh at Thomond Park yesterday.

In-form Earls is due to have a scan on the injured knee today which will reveal the full extent of the injury the 26-year-old sustained in Munster’s bonus point 38-6 win before a capacity 25,600 attendance yesterday.

Munster coach, Rob Penney said: “Keith (Earls) has a sore knee. It is probably short-term (injury), a week or two. He will get a scan tomorrow (Monday) when he goes to the international camp. We will see what happens on the back of that.

“We will have to wait and see what the medics come up with over the next 48 hours.”

Head coach Penney said it was ‘fantastic’ for Munster to have earned the right to host French aristocrats Toulouse in the quarter-finals of the Heineken Cup at Thomond Park on the weekend of April 4-6.

The two sides have met on four occasions previously in the competition, with those fixtures ending in two wins each, including Munster’s 2008 Heineken Cup final victory in Cardiff.

Penney said: “The visit of Toulouse will be another chapter in the marvellous Munster European championship book.

“It is fantastic for us to host them. We will just have to see what they bring.”

Should Munster overcome Toulouse, they face a potential semi-final showdown with Leinster should Matt O’Connor’s side overcome Toulon in the South of France in their quarter-final showdown. The winners of that Leinster v Toulon tie will enjoy home country advantage for the semi-final meeting with Munster.