Ireland scrum-half suffers cruel injury blow
Luke McGrath's season could be over.
The Leinster and Ireland scrum-half limped off in the second-half of Leinster's 20-13 win over Scarlets on Saturday.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen said he was unsure about the injury at his post-match press conference, however, the Irish Times Gavin Cummiskey later reported that McGrath had suffered a knee injury but that an ACL tear had been ruled out at this stage.
Leo Cullen: “Luke [McGrath], with his knee, we’ll see. I’m not sure. He has a bag of ice on it but he is moving around ok. He will get it scanned. He was due to go back into camp but we will make some assessments on what is best for his recovery.”
— Gavin Cummiskey (@Cumoski) February 17, 2018
McGrath was an unused substitute in Ireland's opening round win over France earlier this month and he scored a brilliant try in the win over the Scarlets.
The 25-year-old had been enjoying the finest year of his career and his absence should create an opportunity for Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion to deputise behind incumbent Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray for the rest of the Six Nations.
Ulster scrum-half John Cooney will now likely come into the Ireland squad as McGrath's replacement having previously trained with the Ireland team during their pre-Six Nations camp in December.