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British and Irish Lions prop Gethin Jenkins out of tour to Australia

Last Updated: 08/06/13 6:28pm

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Gethin Jenkins: Sidelined for three weeks with calf strain

Gethin Jenkins: Sidelined for three weeks with calf strain

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The British and Irish Lions have suffered their second major injury blow in as many days after Gethin Jenkins was ruled out of the remainder of the tour to Australia.

The Wales prop has been struggling to recover from a calf muscle strain, and the injury is more serious than initially feared.

Jenkins will now fly home for treatment following Saturday's clash with the Queensland Reds and will play no further part in the tour.

Lions team doctor James Robson said: "The expected time for recovery is at least three weeks.

"Given the remaining duration of the tour, we felt that Gethin should return home and continue his rehabilitation there."

Jenkins will be joined on the plane home by Ireland prop Cian Healy, who will also miss the rest of the tour after suffering ankle ligament damage during Wednesday's victory over Western Force in Perth.

Alex Corbsiero has arrived in Brisbane from England's tour of Argentina after he was called up as cover for Healy, while Scotland's Ryan Grant is also en route.

Corbisiero said: "It was a long journey but I'm not complaining - I would do it again just to be here.

"You never like to come in for anyone who is injured and I feel for Cian and Gethin but I just feel so privileged to be given this opportunity.

"It's been a bit of a whirlwind afternoon meeting everyone, and I am looking forward to going to the game tonight and then getting down to training."

Grant had been in South Africa preparing with Scotland for Saturday evenings clash against Samoa, and he will compete with Corbisiero for a starting place in Tuesday's encounter against a Combined Country XV in Newcastle.

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