Munster head coach Johann van Graan has confirmed that Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery will miss the upcoming Six Nations tournament after failing to make sufficient recovery from a wrist injury.
Carbery sustained the injury while playing for his club Munster in the recently concluded Pro 14 encounter against Ulster and will now need to undergo a surgery.
Van Graan revealed that the surgery will keep the 24-year-old out of action for at least two months effectively ruling out his participation in the Six Nations.
“I’m gutted for Joey as an individual,” he told reporters. “I care about the players and speaking to him on Monday afternoon when we got the news, obviously it’s not nice news for him.
“He worked hard to get back into the position, he played the full 80 for the first time for quite a while and now he is out for a considerable amount of time.
“That’s rugby, that’s life. He’ll be back, he’s a class man and a brilliant rugby player. He’ll come back strong".
Meanwhile, playmaker Johnny Sexton is also unlikely to play any competitive game before the Six Nations tournament following a knee injury that he sustained while playing for his club Leinster last month.