Six Nations 2014: Ireland’s Jonny Sexton could miss ‘six weeks’

Six Nations 2014: Ireland No10 Jonny Sexton could miss the rest of the championship, according to Racing Metro

Jonny Sexton could miss the rest of the Six Nations with thumb ligament damage, Racing Metro have revealed.

The outside-half returned to Racing Metro after 13-10 defeat by England at Twickenham ahead of this weekend’s Top14 clash with Castres with Ireland waiting on scans to see the extent of the injury.

Racing coach Laurent Labit told a media conference on Thursday that the 28-year-old will miss between 10 days and six weeks with the problem which rules the former Leinster back out of Top14 action this weekend and Ireland’s next match in the Six Nations, although coach Joe Schmidt may have opted to rest him anyway.

Ireland aren’t short of options at 10, with Ulster’s Paddy Jackson next in the pecking order and would be seen as the first-choice replacement.

Jackson starts for his province in the Pro12 on Friday night against Newport Gwent Dragons after being released by the Ireland camp this week and with Ulster undefeated in all competitions since November the 22-year-old will be keen to impress.

Schmidt could also call on Leinster’s Ian Madigan who has shared the 10 jersey with Jimmy Gopperth this season or Munster’s Ian Keatley, who is expected to be in action on Saturday as the league leaders travel to the Scarlets.

Ireland host Italy in Dublin on Saturday 8 March before a potential championship decider against France in Paris on Saturday 15 March.

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