British & Irish Lions 2013: Injured Cian Healy ruled out of tour
British & Irish Lions 2013: Leinster prop Cian Healy pulls out of the tour of Australia due to an ankle ligament injury
Cian Healy has been forced to pull of the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia after suffering an ankle ligament injury.
The Leinster prop was stretchered off in the first half of the Lions’ 69-17 victory over Western Force in Perth on Wednesday.
Healy, who was cleared of biting Brett Sheehan during the Force win, underwent scans which revealed the seriousness of the injury.
Warren Gatland received a further blow with the news Welsh prop Gethin Jenkins is unavailable for Saturday’s Queensland Reds match due to a calf problem.
The Lions head coach has called up Scotland’s Ryan Grant as cover, and the 49-year-old offered his sympathies to Healy, who was on his first Lions tour.
“Firstly, our thoughts are with Cian,” Gatland said.
“It has been a day of mixed emotions for him after being quite rightly being cleared of foul play but then the scan revealing the extent of the damage to his ankle.
“He has made a big contribution on and off the field in the last two weeks and we wish him well in his recovery.”
Lions captain Sam Warburton will make his first appearance for the side against Queensland on Saturday, while Mako Vunipola replaces the injured Jenkins.
British and Irish Lions XV to face the Reds: Stuart Hogg; Alex Cuthbert, Manu Tuilagi, Jonathan Davies, Tommy Bowe; Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Matt Stevens, Richie Gray, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Toby Faletau.
Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Dan Cole, Adam Jones, Paul O’Connell, Justin Tipuric, Conor Murray, Jonathan Sexton, George North