Ireland and Leinster centre Gordon D’Arcy is facing a race against the clock to be fit for inclusion in Ireland’s 30 man World Cup squad after having surgery on his ankle in June.
The 31 year old picked up in the injury in Leinster’s never to be forgotten 33-22 win against Northampton in the Heineken Cup final in May. At first the injury was not thought to be serious and D’Arcy allowed the injury to heal naturally.
Yet the injury didn’t heal as D’Arcy had hoped and he went under the knife on June 20th and was given a six week rest period after the operation. That enforced break almost certainly means that D’Arcy will miss Ireland’s opening World Cup warm up game against Scotland in Murryfield this coming Saturday.
Speaking on the matter Ireland coach Declan Kidney admitted that D’Arcy will be cutting it close if he is to make it to New Zealand “Unfortunately Gordon’s ankle didn’t solve itself so he needed an operation and it will take a good six weeks to be running fully, then you need a pre-season, which is another couple of weeks, so it’s getting tight.”
Along with Scotland Ireland will also play France and England before opening their World Cup campaign against Eddie O’Sullivan and America on September 11th.
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