Eire coach Andy Farrell hopes Jacob Stockdale will probably be obtainable for the nation’s third Six Nations match in opposition to Italy on 27 February.
A knee damage meant Stockdale was an absentee from Eire’s 36-man Six Nations squad introduced on Monday.
“He most likely will not be obtainable for the primary two video games however every thing going properly he’ll be obtainable for the rest,” stated Farrell.
Eire face Wales away on 7 February earlier than internet hosting France seven days later.
Stockdale, who has featured at full-back for Eire in current occasions after making his title as a try-scoring wing, was injured in Ulster’s Professional14 win over Munster on 2 January.
“He is progressing properly – it is nothing too severe, he has a little bit of bone bruise and it takes a little bit of time to quiet down,” added the Eire coach.
The skilled Eire squad will probably be captained by the 35-year-old Johnny Sexton, who’s optimistic he will probably be absolutely match for the Wales recreation after choosing up a minor muscle damage in Leinster’s win over Munster final weekend.
“I used to be in place earlier than the Munster recreation. Get again on the horse and be prepared subsequent week,” stated the Eire skipper.
“It isn’t main and hopefully I will probably be again coaching by the top of the week and hopefully be match for the Wales recreation.”
Farrell stated Eire must get by way of their Six Nations opener in opposition to Wales earlier than declaring their ambitions for the championship.
France and England have been tipped as favourites whereas Eire, who completed third previously two campaigns after profitable the title thrice between 2014 and 2018, are third within the bookmakers’ pecking order.
“We all know the place we’re going, we all know how far we’re and we have made good strides; we’re almost the place we need to be,” Farrell instructed reporters.
“To win the Six Nations there’s just a few issues we have to do higher. We have got to by way of the primary recreation after which we’ll assess the place we’re at earlier than eager about the final recreation.
“We’re a facet that has developed in some ways however we’re [still] placing the items collectively.”