Sean O’Brien’s comeback on Friday night hasn’t gone at all to plan. putting serious doubts on his chances of playing for Ireland next week.
The flanker was hoping to impress Joe Schmidt ahead of next weekend’s potential 6 Nations grand slam decider against England at Twickenham, but his participation in Leinster’s Pro14 clash with Scarlets was brought to an end after just 27 minutes, as he was forced off with injury and replaced by Max Deegan.
— Leinster Rugby (@leinsterrugby) March 9, 2018
A frustrated looking Sean O’Brien is off the field after just 27 minutes for Leinster. Not good. Looked like arm/shoulder issue.
— Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh (@Ciaran_O) March 9, 2018
O’Brien, who had been handed the captain’s armband in Llanelli, had just returned from a hip injury, one that had required surgery and had ruled him out of action for the province since last December.
While it’s still far too early to tell how serious this latest setback is, the chances of the 31-year-old making Joe Schmidt’s Ireland squad for next weekend’s showdown at Twickenham are may have shifted. The Ireland coach had suggested that if O’Brien came through unscathed that he would likely be involved next Saturday, but time will tell if this latest setback changes things.