British and Irish Lions: Tommy Bowe fears 'huge loss' of Cian Healy
Last Updated: 06/06/13 10:19am
British and Irish Lions winger Tommy Bowe claims it would be a "massive loss" to the team should Cian Healy's tour be ended prematurely.
Healy was stretchered off in the first half of the 69-17 rout of the Western Force in Perth, with the prop having gone over on his ankle while being tackled.
Although Healy hasn't suffered a break, there is a chance he has damaged the ligaments - with the Lions monitoring the extent of the injury.
On top of that, Healy is facing a disciplinary hearing after being cited for allegedly biting Brett Sheehan.
But Bowe is hoping that his fellow countryman is able to stay on tour with the squad.
"He will be a huge, huge loss to the team," Bowe told Sky Sports.
"Fingers crossed as you never know what could happen but I heard him out on the pitch and it didn't sound good. Your thoughts go out to him.
"If he is to be ruled out he would be a massive loss. He is a player that would be pushing for a Test spot. He has had an awesome season.
"He would be a massive loss off the pitch too."
Bowe opened his Lions account in the victory over the Perth - and although pleased to score, he knows there is plenty of work to do.
"It is always great to get on the scoresheet," he said. "For us to get nine tries it was nice to get one and it is something to work on.
"I think as a team, though, we played some exciting rugby but we have a lot more to work on. We could have scored a lot more.
"It is good to have a match like that where there is stuff still to work on both in attack and defence."
Meanwhile centre Manu Tuilagi was delighted to have been able to link up with Brian O'Driscoll for the first time.
"It was an absolutely amazing experience... my first start and pairing up with the legend O'Driscoll," he added.
"He showed again the class of player that he is so it is an amazing honour to be playing with him on my first cap."