The IRFU has confirmed on Monday that Leinster and Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery has indeed fractured his left wrist and will be out of action until the new year.
Substituted midway through the second half of Ireland’s 23 – 20 victory over Fiji at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, it was immediately clear the 22-year-old had suffered some kind of injury to his arm.
During the post-match media scrum, Joe Schmidt conceded that the Leinster man had likely suffered a break but that he would wait for confirmation following medical assessments.
Now, that confirmation has come as part of the IRFU’s squad update ahead of Ireland’s final November Test clash with Argentina on Saturday.
“Joey Carbery, who started at out-half against Fiji, suffered a fractured wrist during the second half and has been ruled out of the remaining fixture of the GUINNESS Series against Argentina.”
Having enjoyed an impressive first half against the powerful Pacific Islanders, Carbery’s natural talents were on full show and fans were in raptures over the latest world-class talent emerging for Ireland.
News of the wrist fracture will hit Leinster hardest, however, as they prepare for rounds three and four of the Champions Cup next month.
Comfortable at full-back as well as the half-back line, Carbery’s skills are considered a huge asset to Leo Cullen’s side and to be without him for the crucial domestic and European fixtures leading up to and over the Christmas period will be an unwanted headache for the Dublin based province.
With no suggested date for a return to action, fans and coaches will be hoping he recovers quickly and gets back to full fitness ahead of the Six Nations opener in February.
Next up for Leinster is a clash with the Dragons in the PRO14 on Friday at the RDS, where the province will look to continue their strong start to the campaign.