Cian Healy could be formally ruled out of the British and Irish Lions tour today.
Ireland prop Healy faces potentially the most painful day of his rugby life after arriving in Brisbane on crutches and awaiting a disciplinary hearing following a biting allegation.
Healy will have his left ankle scanned today - he was carried off during the Lions’ victory over Western Force on Wednesday - and head coach Warren Gatland accepts the prognosis “doesn’t look brilliant”.
But if the injury does not dash his tour hopes, then a potential suspension could.
Healy was cited for an alleged bite on Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan, and a disciplinary officer must now decide whether or not he should be banned. If the case against Healy is proved, he might be looking at a minimum 12-week suspension.
Wales international Gethin Jenkins will wear the number one shirt against Queensland Reds tomorrow, while Alex Corbisiero is expected to arrive from England’s Argentina tour tomorrow.