Munster and Ireland out-half Joey Carbery will miss the entire Six Nations campaign after suffering a wrist injury in the province's 38-17 defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium last weekend, it has been confirmed.
It is another bitter blow for the talented back who has been beset with injuries since moving to Munster at the beginning of last season and who had only just returned from a prolonged spell on the sidelines after recovering from ankle surgery.
Confirming the news ahead of the crucial Champions Cup clash with Racing 92 in Paris on Sunday, Munster head coach Johann van Graan revealed that the 24-year-old would be out for between two and four months after undergoing surgery on a wrist ligament problem sustained in the defeat in Belfast.
"That's rugby, I'm gutted for Joey as an individual," he said.
"He worked hard to get back into the position, he played the full 80 for the first time for quite a while and now he is out for a considerable amount of time.
"That's rugby, that's life. He'll be back, he's a class man and a brilliant rugby player.
"He'll come back stronger, take his time and I can't wait to have him back in the future."
Carbery's absence will also cause headached for incoming national head coach Andy Farrell as he now has to prepare for Ireland's opening game against Scotland on February 1st without his two first-choice out-halfs as Jonathan Sexton continues his recovery from a knee ligament injury but won't be fit in time to be considered for selection.
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