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Rugby World Cup 2015: Joe Schmidt is leaving the door ajar for injured Andrew Trimble

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Published 14/08/2015

Andrew Trimble
Andrew Trimble

Andrew Trimble will begin running on his injured foot next week but faces a battle to prove his fitness to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt.

Having missed the majority of last season with a toe problem, the Ulster winger limped off with a similar complaint during the first half of Saturday's win over Wales.

Although a first scan came back inconclusive, a second established that he had simply bruised the bone and would not be out for the long term.

However, he may not recover in time to face Wales at home on August 29 and, with Ireland submitting their 31-man World Cup squad before the final warm-up game against England on September 5, time is not on Trimble's side as he fights for a place in the most competitive department of the squad.

Tommy Bowe, Simon Zebo, Luke Fitzgerald and Dave Kearney will have their chance to shine against Scotland tomorrow as the race for places intensifies.

"We hope he will be fully fit for Wales by starting training on Monday week," Schmidt said.

"It's still not great, having 10 days to fight his way back. It's not ideal, particularly after a long absence."

Although Schmidt remains hopeful Cian Healy will make it back in time for the Twickenham clash, there are growing concerns he will not, with sources indicating that the Leinster man was now rated 70/30 against recovering from his neck injury in time.

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