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Last Updated: Monday, 12 February 2007, 13:39 GMT
Injured O'Gara to miss training
Ronan O'Gara
O'Gara kicks Ireland into a 17-13 lead against France in Dublin
Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara will sit out training this week after suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's 20-17 RBS Six Nations defeat by France.

O'Gara, who scored all of Ireland's points in Croke Park's Test rugby debut, finished the game but his ankle swelled up after the final whistle.

His availability for England's visit to Dublin on 24 February is not in doubt.

Meanwhile, skipper Brian O'Driscoll (hamstring) and Peter Stringer (hand) will also return to training next week.

"Ronan had an ankle problem. We don't know what happened because he finished the game," said Irish coach Eddie O'Sullivan.

"He must have gone over on it late in the match because he has no memory of it happening. It was a little bit sore after the game.

"We iced it and he was walking around OK but then last night at the meal it swelled up quite a bit.

"We're confident it's just a knock and nothing sinister. The swelling has gone down and it's a lot better.

"But it's sensible not to put any pressure on it so he won't be training this week."

O'Sullivan is also confident that centre O'Driscoll and scrum-half Stringer, who both missed Sunday's game, will be fit for the clash against the English.

He added: "Brian and Peter will be fine for England. Time was against them for France but England won't be a problem - unless something unforeseen happens.

"The plan for both of them is that they'll take full part in training next Monday. This week they'll continue their rehab."

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SEE ALSO
Ireland 17-20 France
11 Feb 07 |  Rugby Union
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