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Injury-hit Ireland will delay naming their side to face England until Friday

Last Updated: 03/02/13 10:22pm

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Keith Earls (L) will visit a specialist this week

Keith Earls (L) will visit a specialist this week

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Ireland will delay naming their line-up for next week's RBS Six Nations clash with England to give their injured players as much time to recover as possible.

The Irish claimed a fabulous 30-22 victory over Wales at the Millennium Stadium and although nobody has been ruled out of the Dublin clash, many are under surveillance.

Number eight Jamie Heaslip has a cut leg and centre Gordon D'Arcy a dead leg, but the Leinster duo should be able to train this week.

Centre Brian O'Driscoll had several stitches inserted into a head wound but will participate in practice, as will prop Mike Ross, who suffered severe cramp.

A precautionary scan revealed no damage to full-back Rob Kearney's back, but substitute centre Keith Earls will see a specialist later this week to assess a shoulder problem.

Ireland host England in a match that could decide the winners of the 2013 Six Nations following France's shock 23-18 defeat by Italy in Rome this afternoon.

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