British and Irish Lions: Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero face fitness tests

Last Updated: 03/07/13 7:03am

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Jamie Roberts: Struggling with hamstring problem ahead of series decider

Jamie Roberts: Struggling with hamstring problem ahead of series decider

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The British and Irish Lions will assess the fitness of Jamie Roberts, Mike Phillips and Alex Corbisiero on Wednesday.

All three are doubtful for Saturday's series decider against Australia at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, although tour manager Andy Irvine is "reasonably hopeful" they will pass fitness tests.

Wales duo Roberts and Phillips have hamstring and knee injuries respectively while England prop Corbisiero is struggling with a calf problem.

"We're hoping that they will be ready. The final decision won't be taken until Wednesday," Irvine said.

"They are all making good progress. The medics are reasonably hopeful."

Irvine also admitted the loss of captain Sam Warburton to a hamstring injury was a "serious blow" ahead of the series decider.

The Wales flanker produced a dominant display in the second Test in Melbourne until he limped off in the second half, and either Sean O'Brien or Justin Tipuric will wear the No 7 jersey in Sydney with Brian O'Driscoll likely to take the captaincy.

"It's a serious blow because Sam started the tour with a knee injury but got better as the tour progressed," Irvine said. "In the first half he was the outstanding player on the park. He's extremely disappointed that he's not available.

"On the positive side we're fortunate that it's one of the positions where we have tremendous reserve strength.

"We feel for Sam, he's been a super captain and role model to the lads. Hopefully we can go out and win the third Test for him."

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