Schmidt positive on Henry brain injury

Date published: November 21 2014

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Ireland’s Joe Schmidt believes Chris Henry may have an outside chance of playing in the Six Nations, despite fears over his career.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt believes Chris Henry may have an outside chance of playing in the Six Nations, despite fears over his career.

The 30-year-old dropped out of Ireland’s Test against South Africa with what was initially described as a severe migraine, but the Ulster flanker has been undergoing tests ever since.

Specialists have discovered that he suffered “a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain.”

Henry may in fact have suffered a mini-stroke, with tests currently ongoing.

Schmidt was tentative to comment on the situation but feels “quietly confident” that Henry could be back in action in time for next year’s tournament.

“I really feel for Chris: this time last year he got injured at this point and missed the two big Southern Hemisphere teams we played,” said Schmidt.

“The fact that he’s got some more tests to come, I wouldn’t really like to comment.

“But I’d be quietly confident that Chris will come through the other side.

“I’d be very hopeful that he gets his boots back on; and there may even be time for him to do that before the Six Nations.

“The specialists will let us know a bit more once those tests have come through.”

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