Rugby: British and Irish Lions downbeat over duo’s fitness

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Warren Gatland admitted that British & Irish Lions are likely to be without Jamie Roberts and Alex Corbisiero for second Test against Australia.

Wales centre Roberts was forced to sit out the 23-21 success in Brisbane in the first Test, having suffered a hamstring injury in one of the warm-up games.

Corbisiero, who was a late call-up to the touring party, did start last weekend’s clash against the Wallabies, but the England international picked up a calf problem during the first Test.

Both players were left out of Tuesday’s clash with the Melbourne Rebels in order to give them more time to recover, but the signs don’t look good ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Corbisiero and Roberts will both be assessed again by the medical team on Thursday, but Gatland admits it is a “little bit doubtful” they will be involved.

The Lions coach went on to add: “Alex is struggling a little bit and Jamie is probably in the same boat. Both of them should be fine for the third Test.

“The medics have been doing a fantastic job for us and they might be declared fit, but it’s doubtful.”

Gatland will have buoyed though that England centre Manu Tuilagi seem to come through the 35-0 win over the Rebels unscathed, after his recent injury problems.

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