Broken leg ends Reddan’s season

Leinster scrumhalf ruled out for three months

 Eoin Reddan  is stretchered off  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Eoin Reddan is stretchered off at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

 

Ireland’s substitute scrum-half Eoin Reddan has been ruled out for three months after suffering a broken leg in today’s Six Nations draw with France.

Reddan fell awkwardly beneath a tackle in the final minute of a compelling match at the Aviva Stadium and was administered oxygen before being carried off.

Ireland’s injury-depleted ranks were swelled even further by a number of other casualties with lock Donnacha Ryan damaging his shoulder and centre Luke Marshall sustaining concussion.

Both are doubts to face Italy next Saturday, while flanker Peter O’Mahony, scrumhalf Conor Murray, centre Brian O’Driscoll and wing Fergus McFadden also picked up a variety of knocks.

Already missing are lock Paul O’Connell, wings Tommy Bowe and Craig Gilroy, centre Gordon D’Arcy, flanker Stephen Ferris and outhalf Jonathan Sexton.

Head coach Declan Kidney, however, refused to complain about Ireland’s misfortune.

“We took a conscious decision that we wouldn’t complain about things. Other people are worse off than we are, plus it’s such an insult to the lads coming on and having a huge go,” Kidney said.

“We’re frustrated, but there are lads coming in who have no experience at this level under their belts and are doing such a good job for us.

“On any given day Paul O’Connell, Tommy Bowe, Stephen Ferris and Jonathan Sexton would be in the running for a Lions spot.

“I’ve never experienced an injury run like this, but you work your way through and I spoke to (captain) Jamie Heaslip about it and we agreed not to complain.”