Ireland hopeful Joey Carbery has avoided serious injury in Italian win

Ireland outhalf Joey Carbery suffers an ankle injury against Italy
Ireland outhalf Joey Carbery suffers an ankle injury against Italy
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Ireland remain hopeful outhalf Joey Carbery has avoided a serious ankle injury during the 29-10 win over Italy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Munster flyhalf suffered the lower leg issue nine minutes into the second half having been the main conductor of operations for the Irish in what was a satisfying win over the Italians in the first of four World Cup warm-up games.

Head coach Joe Schmidt confirmed Carbery avoided a fracture and was optimistic on him being fit for the World Cup in Japan next month.

If further assessments can confirm there are no lasting effects it will be a relief for Ireland who are waiting on first choice outhalf Jonny Sexton to recover from a thumb sprain - although Schmidt did confirm the Leinster star could have been available for the Italian game.

On Carbery, Schmidt said: "There's no fracture, it's a bit puffy on the inside of his left ankle.

"We'll give it 24 to 48 hours for the swelling to go down.

"He's been cleared of a fracture so that's the good news on Joey.

"We don't have anyone else who's a major concern.

"We're hopefully relatively unscathed but Joey it will take 24 to 48 hours to know for sure."

Schmidt confirmed Sexton will be available for the next warm-up clash, against England at Twickenham on Saturday, August 24.

"Johnny probably could have played this weekend," said Schmidt.

"He trained in the week and was going pretty hard I'm told."