Injury boost for Ireland
Ulster captain's ankle injury not as serious as first feared
Last Updated: December 31, 2007 2:50pm
Best: Should be fit
Rory Best looks set to make Ireland's RBS Six Nations opener against Italy despite an ankle injury.
A scan on Monday revealed the Ulster captain had sprained ligaments in his right ankle during the 29-0 defeat to Leinster on Boxing Day.
Ireland kick-off their Six Nations campaign at Croke Park against Italy on February 2 and it had been feared that Best might not make it.
But doctors insist he will be sidelined for only three to four weeks and are confident he will be fit in time.
Ireland coach Eddie O'Sullivan will name his squad for the tournament opener on January 14.
And after their massive disappointment at the World Cup in France, O'Sullivan is eager to get his side back on track in a competition they thrived in last season.
The Irish claimed the Triple Crown in 2007 and narrowly missed out on winning the Championship to France.