Six Nations 2016: Ireland's Keith Earls doubtful for France game

Keith Earls could miss Ireland's second Six Nations match against France
Keith Earls could miss Ireland's second Six Nations match against France

Ireland winger Keith Earls could miss Saturday's Six Nations match in France after suffering a suspected concussion in the 16-16 draw with Wales.

The 28-year-old Munster player must now go through the return-to-play protocols to prove his fitness for the match at the Stade de France.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton avoided serious injury despite suffering a blow to his chest, the Irish camp revealed.

"I think Keith has probably suffered a concussion," coach Joe Schmidt said.

"He will be considered to have had a concussive impact and that will certainly put him in doubt for next weekend.

"Johnny is sore without a doubt, but I was just talking to [Wales centre] Jonathan Davies in the corridor and he's sore too."

Irish flanker Tommy O'Donnell passed a head injury assessment and is free to return to training.

Ireland expect to have full-back Rob Kearney and flanker Sean O'Brien available for selection to face France after both missed the Wales game with hamstring problems.

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