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Healy's Six Nations is in doubt

By Staff Reporter

Cian Healy faces a race against time to be fit for Ireland's RBS Six Nations title defence after undergoing a minor knee operation.

The British and Irish Lions prop opted to go under the knife to coincide with a two-week suspension and is now a real doubt to at least make Ireland's opening Six Nations battle against Wales on February 7.

Healy's fellow Leinster prop Mike Ross is expected to return in time for Ireland's Wales clash, but head coach Joe Schmidt will certainly want Healy on hand.

Ulster duo Iain Henderson and Tommy Bowe have already been ruled out for the duration of the Six Nations.

A Leinster club statement confirmed yesterday: "Cian Healy underwent a scope and clear-out of his right knee yesterday afternoon.

"This was an elective procedure, and while we are still waiting for the report, it is expected that he will be out for three to four weeks at least."

Leinster also confirmed that Ireland's talismanic fly-half Jonathan Sexton has returned to full training and will be fit for tomorrow's PRO12 trip to face the Ospreys.

Meanwhile, Leinster's Fergus McFadden has been suspended for three weeks for stamping during last weekend's inter-pro win over Connacht.

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