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Ireland Hit By Henderson injury Blow

Ireland Hit By Henderson injury Blow

Ireland lock Iain Henderson is set to miss the start of their Six Nations defence because of a finger injury.

It was feared that the 26-year-old would miss the tournament when he underwent surgery on a thumb problem last month, but he fought his way back to full fitness and was on course to feature in the opening game against England in Dublin on February 2.

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However, Henderson picked up a new problem during his comeback game for Ulster as they defeated Leicester 14-13 in the Champions Cup at Welford Road on Saturday.

And while it is not related to his recent thumb injury, it seems likely Henderson will not feature against Eddie Jones’ England side – and possibly the second game against Scotland.

“Iain Henderson suffered a finger injury that is likely to keep him sidelined for several weeks,” Ulster confirmed in a statement. “This fresh injury is unrelated to his recently injured thumb.”

The news will be a huge blow to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt who is already without Munster second row Tadhg Beirne for the opening two matches because of a knee injury.

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