Ireland remain hopeful Robbie Henshaw play a role in the Rugby World Cup and will shake his hamstring injury.
Ireland scrum coach Greg Feek confessed centre Henshaw is”very, very unlikely” to feature from Scotland in Yokohama on Sunday for your Pool A opener.
But Feek insisted the early response to his problem of Henshaw enables team bosses to hold out hope that he can recover to take part.
Ireland have chosen to not release the full scope of the harm of Henshaw but a team spokesman confirmed the 26-year-old will certainly not return home and is still part of their 31-man squad.
Henshaw suffered his hamstring difficulty on Saturday in training, which makes Ireland fretting over his position.
Asked if Henshaw was ruled out to the Scotland match, Feek explained:”Well not really but you can read between these lines.
“Robbie’s looking very, very unlikely for this weekend obviously.
“But we have just got back from coaching and still sorting things out, but I think that it’s pretty positive with regards to what we saw.
“A few of those men, daily, week by week, they can improve radically rather than the average human. So we will take it.
“It’s looking positive, so from here on in we’ll just see how it goes in the upcoming few days and then maybe reassess from the not too distant future”
Feek admitted Henshaw is going to be relieved by the news on his own complaint.
“He is a fantastic person, great to have about, his work ethic is incredible and you know he is doing the work,” explained Feek.
“In order at this point now there is probably a sense of relief.”
Feek also affirmed that Joey Carbery trained on Monday, making him well placed to attribute at the weekend from Scotland.
Playmaker Carbery endured a shoulder ligament injury in the opening World Cup warm-up match against Italy of Ireland in Dublin on August 10.
The 23-year-old had faced a race against time to be ready for Ireland’s World Cup opener, but today seems to have pulled that feat off.
“Joey was running around today and educated, he seemed pretty great,” explained Feek.
“So we are just all really happy for him anything.”

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