“He was doing a bit on the pitch today, and I think in terms of following his rehab, that four-to-six-week window is bang on,” said Joe Schmidt about Ireland flyhalf Joey Carbery. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

DUBLIN – Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is confident that Joey Carbery will regain full fitness ahead of his team’s World Cup opener against Scotland next month in Yokohama.

Flyhalf Carbery is recuperating from a minor operation on the ankle he injured in Ireland’s opening World Cup warm-up win over Italy, with an estimated recovery time-frame of four to six weeks.

“Yeah, he’s progressing well,” Schmidt told reporters on Tuesday.

“He was doing a bit on the pitch today, and I think in terms of following his rehab, that four-to-six-week window is bang on.”

Munster No 10 Carbery has made significant progress with his recovery, having visited the province’s high performance centre in the University of Limerick last week.

Schmidt suggested Carbery could even be in line to feature in Ireland’s final warm-up match against Wales in Dublin on September 7, well ahead of the World Cup opener on September 22.

“We just don’t know where he’s going to fall in that four-to-six window. If everything goes perfectly, he may get into that Welsh game back here in the Aviva,” Schmidt added.

“If it hasn’t gone perfectly then, at worst, I think he will be fully available for the Scotland game.”

Reuters