Earls the main injury concern after victory in Wales

Centre Keith Earls is Ireland’s biggest injury concern after Saturday’s 22-30 victory over Wales and will see a specialist later in the week for a shoulder injury sustained late in the game.

There were several other niggles picked up in the bruising encounter but the outlook is positive for most ahead of next weekend’s crucial showdown with England.

Captain Jamie Heaslip suffered a cut to his leg but is expected to be available for training on Tuesday morning for the first squad session of the week.

Gordon D'Arcy sustained a dead leg during the game and was replaced, but is recovering well and is expected to return to training later this week as well.

Brian O'Driscoll had several stitches inserted in a head wound, but will be available to train as will prop Mike Ross, who came off during the match due to severe calf cramp.

Full back Rob Kearney reported stiffness in his back after the game and underwent a precautionary scan, which reported no injury and he will be available for training.

Peter O'Mahony took a bang to the head, but felt no ill effects after the game and will follow the graded return to play protocols this week.

Meanwhile England are hopeful powerhouse centre Manu Tuilagi will be back in time to line out against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium next Sunday.

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