VIDEO: Injury doubts Sexton and Earls take part in Ireland training

VIDEO: Injury doubts Sexton and Earls take part in Ireland training

By Shaun Cronin

There was a significant injury boost for the Irish rugby side this morning, as both Keith Earls and Jonathan Sexton took part in training ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Ireland meet Argentina at 1pm on Sunday at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium as they go in search of their first ever World Cup semi-final appearance.

Sunday’s contest will be Ireland’s sixth attempt at reaching the semi-final stage and, having failed with their previous five, head coach Joe Schmidt will be hoping his charges can finally break that psychological barrier.

His side’s chances haven’t been helped with the losses of captain Paul O’Connell, Jared Payne and Peter O’Mahony to injury, as well as the one-match suspension to openside flanker Sean O’Brien for striking France’s Pascal Pape last Sunday.

There was some good news however for the Ireland head coach, with the team announcement for the quarter-final looming this afternoon.

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Star out-half Jonathan Sexton and wing-come-centre Keith Earls both took to the field this morning at the Milennium Stadium for Ireland training.

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Sexton suffered an adductor strain during the win over France and there were fears at the start of the week that he wouldn’t make it in time to play Argentina.

However, after managing 3.5kms of running on Wednesday and taking part in training today – with kicking tee in hand - the signs now appear to be positive for the Leinster man.

Munster’s Earls emerged as a major doubt during the week after leaving the field last Sunday with a bang. Alarm bells starting ringing for him on Wednesday when he sat out training completely.

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It appears yesterday’s day off has done the trick for Earls as he looks to claim the centre spot next to Robbie Henshaw.

He made his way onto the field in Cardiff with heavy strapping on his right arm, but - like Sexton - trained in the early part of the session the media had access to.

Ireland are set their name their 23-man match day squad for Argentina at 1.30pm and hopes are high that Earls and Sexton might just appear in the starting line-up for Sunday monumental match.

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