Six Nations: Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton should be fit for England opener – Cullen

Sexton change into phase of the Eire aspect which secured a historical first dwelling prefer over Novel Zealand in November

Eire fly-half Johnny Sexton is nearing a return to fleshy fitness sooner than the crunch Six Nations opener against England, in conserving with Leinster boss Leo Cullen.

The sphere player of the twelve months has been combating a knee harm and hasn’t performed in nearly a month.

But Cullen is confident he’ll be ready for the Dublin showdown on February 2.

“Johnny is factual, he change into wait on running final week,” Cullen told BBC 5 live.

“He’s not a million miles away, and with quite luck we can glimpse him out in green over the direction of the following few weeks.”

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Within the period in-between England will video display captain Owen Farrell’s thumb harm over the upcoming days sooner than deciding whether or to not name up a substitute for their coaching camp in Portugal.

Farrell had a little scheme on a tendon on Friday, and may wish around seven to 10 days to get well, with England boss Eddie Jones saying he is “cautiously optimistic” the Saracens playmaker can be match to lead the aspect on the Aviva.

England’s gamers gain two days off following their European labor sooner than heading to the Algarve in midweek.

Jones change into handed an additional trouble on Sunday, with flanker Brad Shields withdrawing from Wasps’ meeting with Leinster with a aspect tension, and lock Joe Launchbury leaving the self-discipline with a neck anxiety.

Alternatively, Wasps boss Dai Young says each and each strikes gain been precautionary.

“I blueprint not glimpse any motive why they may not be match [for England],” Young told BBC Radio 5 live.

“They may if truth be told gain a day or two when they blueprint not seem like quite honest, nonetheless with quite luck in the next Forty eight hours we can glimpse them wait on to long-established.”

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