Sexton all-clear for Ireland

Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has been passed fit to face Argentina on Saturday after pulling up with a tight groin in the warm-up for the game with Fiji.

Sexton had a scan over the weekend and has been given the all-clear to face the Pumas, with Ireland team manager Mick Kearney admitting they pulled him out of the 53-0 thrashing of Fiji at Thomond Park merely as a precaution.

"Jonathan Sexton will be fine. He basically got a bit of tightness in his groin. It was more prudent to take him out of the matchday 23 than put him on the bench, although he may have been able to sit on the bench," Kearney said.

"He had a scan yesterday which excluded damage. He had treatment over the weekend. He feels fine and he'll have modified training today (Monday) and tomorrow.

"Wednesday is a down day for the squad and he is expected to train fully on Thursday. We don't have any major concerns, even minor concerns about Jonathan."

Kearney also confirmed they have no other new injury scares ahead of Saturday's Test at the Aviva Stadium, although Connacht flanker John Muldoon has already been sidelined for around three months after suffering a medial ligament tear.

He added: "Tommy Bowe suffered a dead leg in the quad area and didn't train at all last week. It was initially slow to respond but he will train today and tomorrow.

"Eoin Reddan jarred his ankle against South Africa and that has set well. He will train fully today. Donnacha Ryan has recovered from a bug he picked up and will train fully today. Rhys Ruddock is the only other player to be called into the squad." The Ireland team and replacements for the crunch clash with Argentina will be named on Thursday afternoon.