Joey Carbery looks set to be fit for the start of the Rugby World Cup after the IRFU confirmed that his ankle will keep out him of action for 'four to six weeks'.

Carbery suffered an ankle sprain in Ireland's weekend World Cup warm-up win over Italy. 

There were fears that the Munster man's World Cup hopes were over before they begun, but head coach Joe Scmidt confirmed that there was no broken bones and Carbery will now travel with the rest of the Ireland squad for a warm-weather training camp in Portugal.

Should Carbery need the full six weeks to recover, he could miss Ireland's tournament opener against Scotland on 22 September, but the outhalf would be in contention to feature in the clash with Japan a week later.

There was further good news on the injury front with Devin Toner maintaining good progress in his recovery from an ankle knock, while Rob Herring, who was forced off against Italy with a back spasm, has also fully recovered.

Meanwhile Schmidt has trimmed his squad down from 43 player to 40. Finlay Bealham, John Cooney and Mike Haley all return to their provinces.

Ireland's next games is against England in Twickenham on Saturday 24 August.

Ireland squad

Forwards: Rory Best, Tadhg Beirne, Jack Conan, Sean Cronin, Tadhg Furlong, Cian Healy, Iain Henderson , Rob Herring, Dave Kilcoyne, Jean Kleyn, Jack McGrath, Jordi Murphy, Tommy O’Donnell, Peter O’Mahony, Andrew Porter, Rhys Ruddock, James Ryan, John Ryan, Niall Scannell, CJ Stander, Devin Toner, Josh van der Flier 

Backs: Will Addison, Bundee Aki, Ross Byrne, Joey Carbery, Jack Carty, Andrew Conway, Keith Earls, Chris Farrell, Robbie Henshaw, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney, Jordan Larmour, Kieran Marmion, Luke McGrath , Conor Murray, Garry Ringrose, Jonathan Sexton, Jacob Stockdale