Murray & O’Connell out for next two games

Updated: March 5, 2012

Ireland captain Paul O’Connell has picked up a medial knee ligament injury in the game against France in Paris whilst scrum-half Conor Murray also suffered a knee injury in the same game.

O’Connell is expected to be out for between three and six weeks and will struggle now to make the Heineken Cup Quarter-Final (Munster v Leinster) on 7th April.

A scan has shown that Murray suffered bone bruising in the knee joint having fallen awkwardly on his knee at Stade De France and will miss the last two games of the Six Nations (against Scotland and England in consecutive weeks).
Munster scrum-half Tomás O’Leary and Connacht lock/flanker Mike McCarthy have been called to training at Carton House to replace the injured duo; Murray and O’Connell respectively.

Speculation will now grow as to who is most likely to captain Ireland for the last two games of this years RBS Six Nations Championship. O’Connell had himself been replacing the injured Brian O’Driscoll (who is still recovering from shoulder surgery). Ronan O’Gara has previously captained the side, but the Cork man is no longer assured of a starting place, so Ireland could have a new captain for this weekend’s clash with Scotland at AVIVA Stadium.

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