Ireland duo James Ryan and Ryan Baird have both been ruled out of this weekend’s Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland.
Head coach Andy Farrell with have to do without both locks, with Ryan unavailable as he goes through return to play protocols while Baird is also out with a back problem.
Both have not been included in the matchday squad for the game in Dublin, with Ryan heading back to his club side Leinster for further medical assessments.
The injury issue means that Farrell has called-up uncapped duo Ross Molony and Joe McCarthy.
It could mean a return to the starting line-up for Iain Henderson, who came off the bench for Ryan in the 32-15 win at Twickenham.
If so it would be his first start in the Guinness Six Nations since the final game of last year’s Championship, the 32-18 win over England in Dublin.
📋 𝐒𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐝 𝐔𝐩𝐝𝐚𝐭𝐞.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 14, 2022
Ireland could still win the Championship on Super Saturday, but will have to beat Scotland at the Alivia Stadium and also hope Grand Slam hopefuls France come unstuck against England later that day.
Ireland squad for Guinness Six Nations round 5 v Scotland:
Bundee Aki (Connacht/Galwegians) 36 caps
Robert Baloucoune (Ulster/Enniskillen) 2 caps
Joey Carbery (Munster/Clontarf) 31 caps
Jack Carty (Buccaneers/Connacht) 11 caps
Craig Casey (Munster/Shannon) 5 caps
Andrew Conway (Munster/Garryowen) 30 caps
Jamison Gibson Park (Leinster) 16 caps
Mack Hansen (Connacht) 3 caps
Robbie Henshaw (Leinster/Buccaneers) 56 caps
James Hume (Ulster/Banbridge) 3 caps
Hugo Keenan (Leinster/UCD) 19 caps
James Lowe (Leinster) 11 caps
Michael Lowry (Ulster/Banbridge) 1 cap
Conor Murray (Munster/Garryowen) 95 caps
Garry Ringrose (Leinster/UCD) 41 caps
Johnny Sexton (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 104 caps (Captain)
Finlay Bealham (Connacht/Buccaneers) 22 caps
Tadhg Beirne (Munster/Lansdowne) 29 caps
Jack Conan (Leinster/Old Belvedere) 26 caps
Gavin Coombes (Munster/Young Munster) 2 caps
Caelan Doris (Leinster/St Mary’s College) 16 caps
Tadhg Furlong (Leinster/Clontarf) 56 caps
Cian Healy (Leinster/Clontarf) 115 caps
Dave Heffernan (Connacht/Buccaneers) 6 caps
Iain Henderson (Ulster/Academy) 67 caps
Rob Herring (Ulster/Ballynahinch) 25 caps
Dave Kilcoyne (Munster/UL Bohemians) 47 caps
Jeremy Loughman (Munster/Garryowen) uncapped
Joe McCarthy (Leinster/Dublin) uncapped
Ross Molony (Leinster/UCD) uncapped
Peter O’Mahony (Munster/Cork Constitution) 83 caps
Dan Sheehan (Leinster/Lansdowne) 6 caps
Nick Timoney (Ulster/Banbridge) 2 caps
Kieran Treadwell (Ulster/Ballymena) 4 caps
Josh van der Flier (Leinster/UCD) 39 caps