Australia v British & Irish Lions, 2nd Test, June 29
Injuries force Gatland to make changes
ESPN Staff
June 26, 2013
Lions lock Geoff Parling crashes over for a try, Western Force v British & Irish Lions, Patersons Stadium, Perth, June 5, 2013
Geoff Parling will replace Paul O'Connell in the second row © PA Photos

Warren Gatland is expected to make three changes to the Lions' starting line-up for the second Test against Australia on Saturday after Alex Corbisiero became the latest player to be ruled out by injury.

Already deprived of Paul O'Connell, Corbisiero's unavailability was confirmed early on Wednesday but he is expected to have overcome his calf injury in time for the final Test a week on Saturday. This means Gatland is likely to promote Mako Vunipola from the bench when the Test side is announced on Thursday.

O'Connell will be replaced in the second row by Geoff Parling while Tommy Bowe, who has recovered from a hand injury, will come in for Alex Cuthbert on the right wing.

He added that he expected Jamie Roberts, who is suffering from a calf injury, would be back in the mix for the third Test.

Gatland went on to say that while for those not in the Test frame the tour was now in effect over - there are no more matches outside the remaining Tests - there was still the reality that injuries might bring them back into the reckoning.

"There's still an opportunity for people to be involved," Gatland said. "You look at the attrition rate from Saturday and there's bound to be a few more injuries between now and the final Test. So you want the guys, even if they're not involved in the next two Tests, still to be proud of the fact that, hopefully, they've been part of a successful Lions tour."

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