Ireland confident Rob Kearney will be fit to face England on Saturday
Last Updated: 14/03/18 12:27pm
Rob Kearney is expected to be fit for Ireland's Six Nations Grand Slam decider with England at Twickenham on Saturday despite nursing an ankle issue.
The Leinster full-back sat out training on Tuesday, but assistant coach Richie Murphy said the 31-year-old veteran of 85 caps was only held back as a precaution.
Skills coach Murphy also confirmed that fly-half Johnny Sexton is now fully over the gluteal muscle injury that hampered his goal-kicking in the wins over Wales and Scotland.
Ireland will bid for their third-ever Grand Slam this weekend, having sealed a third Six Nations title in five years with the 28-8 victory over Scotland on Saturday.
Kearney was icing his foot at Ireland's Tuesday training session but Murphy said: "Rob's fine, it's just a case of managing his load.
"He picked up a couple of bangs in the Scotland victory, so we're just easing him back into the week.
"He just got caught on his ankle, but he's fine. The medics have looked at him, they are very happy with where he's at."
Murphy also said prop Cian Healy is fit after a neck problem he picked up in the 28-8 Scotland victory, with Ireland rejecting any notion of the front-rower suffering a head injury.
"He's fully fit, he trained fully today," said Murphy.
"He was assessed by our medics on the field on Saturday. He was coherent, and he just had a stinger problem."
With regard to Sexton, Murphy added: "Johnny trained fully this morning and he's fine. We were managing him a little bit last week but he's come through that process.
"He had a little bit of a glute issue. It was slightly restricted, in the previous week."