Ioane in doubt for first Britsh & Irish Lions Test

Wallabies and Reds winger Digby Ioane could miss the opening Test against the British & Irish Lions after he had a knee operation on Wednesday.

Ioane, who was chosen in Australia’s 25-man preliminary squad for next month’s three-Test series, was sent home from Queensland Reds’ tour of South Africa over the weekend for scans.

He underwent surgery in Brisbane to clean up articular cartilage on his troublesome left knee, the Australian Rugby Union said on Twitter.

It said it was “touch and go” for the opening Test in Brisbane on June 22.

The 27-year-old is seen as a certain selection on the left wing if fit and his omission would be a major blow for the Wallabies.

His surgery follows Tatafu Polota-Nau (broken forearm) being ruled out of the Lions series while George Smith (knee) is unlikely to recover in time and Pat McCabe (knee) is also in doubt.

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