Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is expecting fly-half Joey Carbery to be part of World Cup campaign later this year despite his injury setback during the recently concluded game against Italy at Aviva Stadium last weekend.
The 23-year-old was forced off the field in the 50th minute following an ankle injury and Schmidt confirmed that the x-rays showed 'no fracture'.
"The good news is that he has had an X-ray and it is not a fracture. We will give it time for the swelling to go down," said Schmidt.
"It looks like a ligament injury, the ankle looks pretty stable and we would be hopeful it is not too bad".
Carbery, who has played 19 Tests for Ireland took the fly-half role after Schmidt decided to rest Johnny Sexton, who is expected to feature in their next game against England at Twickenham Stadium on 24th August.
"Johnny probably could have played this weekend," said Schmidt.
"He trained in the week and was going pretty hard."
Apart from Carbery, Dave Kearney, Andrew Conway, Jordi Murphy and Kieran Marmion all scored tries in Ireland's 29-10 win over Italy at Aviva Stadium.