Jared Payne's British and Irish Lions comeback uncertain

Ruben Hill
July 5, 2017

Henshaw - who has returned to Ireland - tore his pectoral muscle off the bone as the Lions drew 31-31 with the Hurricanes in their final mid-week game last Tuesday.

The Athlone native was injured during the Lions 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes and left the stadium with his arm in a sling.

The Leinster centre is set to be sidelined for around 16 weeks, having torn the muscle completely from the bone, meaning he may not return to action until late October.

Ireland's Jared Payne has been ruled out of the remainder of the British and Irish Lions tour amid an uncertain recovery period owing to migraine symptoms.

"He's actually suffering from migraine", Dr Falvey said.

The Lions face the All Blacks in Auckland this Saturday in the series decider, after defeating New Zealand last weekend 24-21 in Wellington.

The Ulster and Ireland back has been suffering from migraines which are not related to concussion according to the Lions' head of medical Dr Eanna Falvey.

"He had a bang in the Chiefs game (on 20 June), but he was fully cleared from concussion".

Although he passed the HIA processes in the aftermath of that fixture, he has still suffered from migraines and as a result will take no further part on the Lions tour.

The tourists will face New Zealand in the third and decisive Test at Eden Park on Saturday.

"Jared's slightly more hard", Dr Falvey said of the Ulster player's recovery situation.

Falvey says the specialist has been happy with Payne's progress but the headaches have remained and there are some more "minor tests" planned. "He may do slightly better, but that's probably what we're looking at".

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