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Lions wait on Healy injury update

The British and Irish Lions faced an anxious wait on three separate counts regarding an injury and possible suspensions.

Ireland prop Cian Healy was carried off and taken to hospital for an X-ray on his ankle during the 69-17 victory over Western Force at Patersons Stadium. Although his ankle is not broken, there are fears he has suffered ligament damage which could mean the end of his tour.

Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan, meanwhile, made a biting allegation during the game against an unnamed Lions player, and Sheehan's opposite number Conor Murray could be in trouble for an alleged stamping incident.

Match citing officer Freek Burger asked Sheehan to provide him with a statement after the game, while the Murray incident is also being looked at. Any decisions are likely to be announced later on Wednesday, UK time.

On Healy, Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: "They've just said it is not broken but they think it is ligament damage, so we will just have to wait for 24-48 hours and see what happens. He went for an X-ray and it wasn't broken. We just assume it is ligament damage. He may need to have a scan to further delve into the potential of the injury.

"We've got (loosehead) Gethin Jenkins, who will start on Saturday (against Queensland Reds). Gethin is back training fully.

"We will potentially talk about someone tonight that we may bring out once we have found out what sort of condition Cian is in and they've had a chat to him."

If Healy has to be replaced then the choice would appear to lie between England's Alex Corbisiero, who is currently on tour in Argentina, Scotland's Ryan Grant and Welshman Paul James.

Lions captain Brian O'Driscoll said: "I understand how hard people work towards getting on this tour. If it is the end of his tour, it is bitterly disappointing. You wait and hope over the next 24 hours that it is not as bad as first perceived."

Asked about the alleged biting, Gatland told reporters: "I know as much as you know. I think the citing guy has had a look at it and he can't see anything."


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