Ireland international Joey Carbery is doubtful for his side's upcoming Six Nations campaign following a wrist ligament injury.
The 6ft fly-half 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.
According to Munster's official website, Carbery has been “ruled out for the immediate future” according to the Munster website which could keep him on the sidelines for up to three months.
The injury also rules him out of Munster's vital upcoming Heineken Champions Cup clash against Racing 92.
The news is a big blow for head coach Johann van Graan as Munster will be without their top three fly-halves for the game on Sunday with JJ Hanrahan sidelined with a hamstring injury while Tyler Bleyendaal is recovering from a neck problem.
Ireland will kick-start their Six Nations campaign with a game against Scotland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on 1st February.