Joey Carbery suffered a wrist injury that requires surgery while playing Friday night against Ulster, it was confirmed this evening by Munster. Carbery's latest injury casts doubt on his involvement in the upcoming Six Nations.
The Irish Independent had revealed that the fly-half suffered the injury earlier today, but it is not yet known how long he could be out of action. The player had only recently returned from an ankle injury, the latest in a long line of ailments.
Carbery is seen as the natural successor to Jonathan Sexton in the 'ten' jersey for Ireland, with some speculating that move could be made as soon the this year's Six Nations. That now looks unlikely to happen.
Sexton himself is a doubt for the start of the tournament, with the Leinster man set for a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
If those two were to miss out, and with Jack Carty not part of the recent Ireland squad 'stocktake', it looks like Ross Byrne and Billy Burns would battle it out for the starting spot against Scotland on February 1st.
Carbery moved to Munster in the summer of 2018, and has improved greatly as a player despite his injury problems during this period.
They now face a major injury crisis ahead of their Champions Cup trip to Racing Metro, with JJ Hanrahan and Tyler Bleyendaal also likely to be unavailable due to injury.