Irish centre Chris Farrell looks set to miss the remainder of the Six Nations after twisting his knee in training.
An IRFU statement confirmed Farrell twisted his knee earlier today. He subsequently got up and jogged on to re-join the squad. However, a subsequent scan revealed ligament damage and he is now set to see a specialist. The injury means the Munster man is unlikely to be available for the rest of the tournament.
Farrell started in the centre for Ireland last week during their victory against Wales and was very impressive. The 24-year-old only came into the starting team after an injury to Robbie Henshaw during the Italy game.
Garry Ringrose came through his first appearance since returning to injury against Southern Kings and was set to start this weekend against Scarlets. He seems the most likely option at 13 after overcoming shoulder and ankle problems.
Farrell's physicality and defensive awareness will be a huge loss to a backline that at time buckled when under attack in their last two games.