Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien looks set to miss the start of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign.
In announcing their starting XV for this weekend’s Champions Cup clash with Glasgow Warriors, Leinster confirmed that a hip injury picked up by the ‘Tullow Tank’ had not responded to treatment, and as such he would have to undergo a ‘small procedure’ to rectify the problem.
As such, O’Brien is set to miss the Six Nations opener against France on February 3rd, though Leinster did add that they hope to see the 30-year-old back in action during the Six Nations window. To that end, O’Brien could return for the Irish province in either the Pro14 clash with Edinburgh on February 9th, or the clash at home to Scarlets a week later.
If he doesn’t feature for Leo Cullen’s side in either of those, and with Ireland having already played two matches by then, it may throw his participation in the competition as a whole into a bit of doubt.
Cullen could provide further updates on both O’Brien and fellow Ireland international Adam Byrne – who is also due to undergo a procedure to correct a knee injury picked up in the November internationals – when he speaks to the media on Friday afternoon.