Sexton plays down injury fears

British & Irish Lion Jonathan Sexton has allayed fears that he will face another spell on the sidelines after the fly-half suffered a clash of heads in Ireland's triumph over France at the weekend. [more]

Sexton plays down injury fears

British & Irish Lion Jonathan Sexton has allayed fears that he will face another spell on the sidelines after the fly-half suffered a clash of heads in Ireland’s triumph over France at the weekend.

The 29-year-old, who played in all three Tests during the Lions’ 2013 tour of Australia, needed seven stitches after he clashed with Mathieu Bastareaud during Ireland’s 18-11 victory.

The knock came on Sexton’s return to action following an enforced 12-week absence due to concussion.

But, despite fears that he might be set for more time out, Sexton insists there is nothing to worry about.

"It was just a glancing blow," he said.

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"I just needed a couple of stitches but I felt fine after it.

"That's a very good French team. We made it hard for ourselves as usual and we dug deep at the end. We're delighted."

Next up for Sexton and co is the visit of England in what could prove to be a decisive fixture.

However, the Racing Metro man doesn’t believe it will be all or nothing when the sides meet on March 1.

"England have won four from five in the championship for the past three years but have not had as much to show for it as they would have liked," he added.

"We won the title last year even though they beat us.

"We've lost the last four and England looked good against Wales and will only improve. But we have players back from injury and will get better with more time together."

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