Geordan Murphy in doubt for Six Nations

Geordan Murphy looks likely to miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations match after he twisted his ankle playing for Leicester Tigers.

The Irish fullback was stretchered off with 9 minutes left on the clock in Saturday’s English Premiership match against Northampton Saints.

Murphy is believed to have injured damaged ligaments in his ankle and his club are waiting for medical reports to return.

If Murphy is ruled out of the start of the Six Nations it will be a big blow for Ireland and coach Declan Kidney as regular full-back Rob Kearney is also out injured.

Kearney has been ruled out of the early stages of the Six Nations with a knee injury so Luke Fitzgerald may be forced to cover the fullback spot for Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Italy on the 5th of February.

Kearney had surgery after he injured his knee in Ireland’s loss to New Zealand in November.

Ireland are also expected to be without Hooker Jerry Flannery with a torn calf muscle.

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