O'Leary blow for Ireland

Eye injury forces scrum-half out of England clash

Last Updated: 15/03/11 5:38pm

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O'Leary: Eye injury

O'Leary: Eye injury

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Ireland scrum-half Tomas O'Leary has been ruled out of Saturday's RBS Six Nations clash with England due to an eye injury.

The 27-year-old sustained the injury after a freak accident in training and will not be available for the contest at Aviva Stadium.

O'Leary, who started the first two matches of the competition before picking up a back problem and missing the next two, will now face a lay-off of between two and three weeks.

"O'Leary was undergoing speed training with a sled when one of the straps failed, recoiled and struck him in the left eye," an IRFU statement read.

"This caused a bleed within the eye which affected his vision. The bleeding has now stabilised and following an ophthalmology review it is anticipated that this will continue to improve.

"The situation will be reviewed on Friday and the current estimation is that O'Leary will be at least 2-3 weeks out of training while the condition settles."

The Munster player was back in contention for a start at scrum-half against Grand Slam-chasing England with Eoin Reddan recovering from a concussion.

If Reddan is also forced to sit out the match, Peter Stringer will likely be handed the No. 9 jersey with Leinster's Isaac Boss providing cover on the bench.

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