Leinster and Ireland have been hit with the disappointing news that Jack Conan will miss the majority of the season.
Conan suffered a foot injury at the World Cup which ended his involvement in the tournament and he was replaced in the squad by former provincial teammate Jordi Murphy.
Leinster confirmed today that Conan had a procedure on his foot last week which will rule him out of contention for up to six months. This puts a potential return date of April 2020 which means the 27-year-old will miss the Six Nations.
Assuming Leinster are in knockout rugby come the end of the season, Conan will likely be targetting a comeback for the semi-finals of the Champions Cup and PRO14, if, of course, Leinster reach that stage of the respective competitions.
Elsewhere, Sean Cronin, who flew home from the World Cup due to a neck injury, will be further assessed this week but he has been ruled out of this weekend’s trip to Zebre.
Ciarán Frawley has returned to on-field training with a view of a comeback in the next couple of weeks while Barry Daly and Dan Leavy remain the long-term absentees.
Ed Byrne is expected to return to training this week after a neck injury and could be in line for selection against Zebre.