Munster centre Chris Farrell is set to miss the remainder of the Six Nations Championship campaign for Ireland following a knee injury.
Farrell, who was named the man of the match in Ireland's 37-27 win over Wales, sustained the blow during a training session on Tuesday.
A statement released by the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) confirmed the news on Farrell.
“Chris Farrell received treatment on the field earlier today after twisting his knee in the turf,” read the IRFU statement.
“He subsequently jogged on to re-join the rest of the playing group and felt well. He was sent for a precautionary scan this afternoon which indicated some ligament damage had occurred and he will now see a specialist.
“Chris is unlikely to be available for the remainder of the Six Nations.”
Ireland are already without Jared Payne and Robbie Henshaw due to injuries while Garry Ringrose is also sidelined with an ankle injury.
Meanwhile, Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt revealed that Ringrose might play for his club Leinster this weekend to prove his fitness before reclaiming his spot with the national squad.
“He will certainly be in the squad, it’s likely that he may still play with Leinster,” said Schmidt, of Ringrose. “He may well play with Leinster just to get another game under his belt away to Scarlets this weekend.”
Ireland are currently at the top of the table with three wins from as many games and will be hoping to keep their Grand Slam hope alive when they face Scotland at Aviva Stadium on 10th March.
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