Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell plays down injuries to son Owen and Jonny Sexton

Last Updated: 11/06/13 5:48pm

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Jonny Sexton (left) and Owen Farrell: Both sat out Lions training on Monday

Jonny Sexton (left) and Owen Farrell: Both sat out Lions training on Monday

Lions assistant coach Andy Farrell has played down the severity of injuries to fly-halves Jonny Sexton and his son, Owen.

Both Sexton and Farrell sat out training on Monday, along with centre Manu Tuilagi and winger Tommy Bowe.

Tuilagi damaged a shoulder in Saturday's hard-fought victory over the Queensland Reds, while Bowe has already undergone an operation having broken his hand in the same fixture.

However, the knocks to Farrell (dead leg) and Sexton (hamstring) are less severe and both are expected to be in contention for the weekend's clash with the NSW Waratahs.

Speaking about the duo, Andy Farrell stated: "Like every game of rugby, guys have got little knocks and tweaks but there's nothing serious, Owen's just got a bit of a dead leg, that's all, so it was just precautionary.

"Jonny was a little bit tight, but he's fine as well.


"Obviously with the way the recovery works now they've got to recover properly, especially with the flights, so they had training off today but they're fine."

However, the Lions have decided not to risk either man in Tuesday's clash with the Combined Country XV meaning that Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg will start in the No 10 jersey.

Meanwhile, Farrell also delivered a positive bulletin on the fitness of Ireland's Rob Kearney as he continues his recovery from a hamstring tear.

The Lions had earlier expressed concern about how the Leinster full-back's injury would respond, but it is now hoped he could also feature at the weekend.

"He's trained this morning and he ran very well," Farrell said of Kearney.

"He'll be back with the boys - the non 23 - tomorrow morning and he should be fit for the weekend."

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