Andy Farrell has revealed that hooker Dan Sheehan is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a foot injury.
There were concerns that Ireland would suffer a hooker crisis going into the Rugby World Cup with Sheehan and Ronan Kelleher struggling.
Both are progressing well from their respective issues, however, and could well be available for their opening match of the tournament against Romania.
Sheehan was the big concern after he limped off during the Irishmen’s dominant 29-10 victory over England, but the head coach remains positive over his progress.
“He’s flying it,” Farrell said.
“He’s ahead of schedule to where he should be. So all things are pointing in a positive direction but at the stage that we’re at, all things need to align.
“He’s back running well ahead of schedule. It all starts off on AlterG [an anti-gravity treadmill] to see whether they can cope with running etc.
“He was back running last week, he was flying along yesterday with the physios and he’s certainly bullish within himself and so are the medics as well.”
There were similar doubts about Jack Conan, who is also suffering from a foot injury and missed the final two World Cup warm-ups.
Conan was ruled out of the previous global tournament through injury but he, alongside Kelleher, should be able to play a part in this competition, according to Farrell.
“Jack trained yesterday and obviously end-stage rehab is always about being able to back it up the next day, so we’ll see how that goes today,” he added.
“Ronan was fit last week so he’s certainly fit to go. He did a full session yesterday so he’ll back that up today.”
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