Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
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Six Nations Ireland without three key players for Scotland trip

Six Nations Ireland without three key players for Scotland trip

"CJ Stander has a facial injury that could rule him out for up to four weeks", read the IRFU statement.

Devin Toner and Keith Earls are also injury concerns for Saturday's game against Scotland at Murrayfield.

"Keith Earls suffered a hip pointer injury and will be managed across the early part of the week".

Both men were substituted during the England defeat with Ringrose suffering a hamstring injury and Toner aggravating an ankle.

No. 8 Stander has been ruled out of action for "up to four weeks" with facial fractures and could miss the remainder of the tournament, with Ireland's final match against Wales taking place on March 16.

No. 8 CJ Stander was already out due to facial fractures.

Andrew Conway was injured in training last week, and will undergo rehabilitation with his province Munster.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt must plan without second rows Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne for the trip to the Scottish capital.

Ireland's remaining second-row cover in addition to James Ryan, are Connacht duo, Ultan Dillane and Quinn Roux.

Ireland have not yet called a replacement into their squad however, hinting that they expect the 32-year-old Toner to recover in time to face Scotland this weekend. Ringrose's absence means Robbie Henshaw could move back into the centre, with Rob Kearney perhaps brought back in.

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