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Andrew Trimble's World Cup in doubt after unclear scan on foot injury

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Andrew Trimble has emerged as a World Cup doubt after the winger was sent for a second scan on his troublesome foot injury.

The 2014 Ireland Player of the Year made his comeback in the warm-up match against Wales last Saturday after nine months out with a toe problem, but was taken off after 35 minutes with a fresh complaint.

Initial scans on the injury have proven inconclusive and the Ulster star will have another today to get to the bottom of the problem.

Ireland have already lost Munster flanker Tommy O'Donnell to a dislocated hip after Saturday's game and boss Joe Schmidt will be sweating on the results of the second scan as he prepares to name his team to face Scotland this weekend.

Trimble (right) and Cian Healy have been ruled out of that second warm-up match and, while the loosehead took some part in training yesterday, kicking coach Richie Murphy was unable to provide further clarity on whether he is winning his race to be fit in time for the World Cup kick-off on September 19.

However, he did concede that management are concerned over Trimble's recurring foot problems.

"Andrew came off, he had a scan and that was inconclusive. He is going for another scan. Until we see what the result of that scan is, we can't really give any further information," Murphy said.

"He's not available this weekend. It is a source of concern because he has a sore foot. We'll have to see where that is at."

Schmidt yesterday informed Ulster's Rob Herring and Leinster's Noel Reid that they'd be returning to their provinces as he begins the process of trimming his squad.

Luke Fitzgerald, Sean Cronin and Marty Moore, who all underwent surgery last season, are available for Saturday's game.

Meanwhile, Paul O'Connell was last night crowned Player of the Year at the Guinness Rugby Writers' Awards.

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