Connacht have received a blow with the news that Kieran Marmion will undergo surgery which will rule him out for the next few months.
Marmion played a star role in their 16-9 victory over the All Blacks on Saturday, quashing any fears that Ireland would not be able to beat the best in the world without Conor Murray.
It was confirmed yesterday in Ireland’s squad update that Marmion has returned to his province and Connacht have issued their own update today confirming that he will undergo surgery on an ankle injury.
Marmion will undergo surgery this week and he has been ruled out of action until February.
The scrum-half originally picked up the injury in Connacht’s win over Ulster in the Guinness PRO14 and he has been managing it since.
This means that he will miss Connacht’s crucial interprovincial fixtures over the festive period in addition to their back-to-back Challenge Cup games in December and January.
Ireland will hope that he will be fit in time for the 2019 Six Nations which kicks off against England at the Aviva Stadium.
In further news, Connacht have also confirmed that Conan O’Donnell has undergone surgery on a hand injury he sustained in the recent fixture against Dragons and will be out of action until December but Paul Boyle (shoulder), Cillian Gallagher (head), Matt Healy (foot), David Heffernan (ankle), Eoghan Masterson (thumb) and Peter McCabe (head) have all returned to full team training.