Rob Kearney could be set to miss the rest of the Six Nations with a bicep injury that might require surgery over the next week, according to reports.
Ruaidhri O'Connor of the Indo writes that Kearney's arm injury has turned out to be worse than was initially indicated by coach Joe Schmidt. Schmidt told reporters after Ireland's game against Italy in Rome at the weekend:
Rob Kearney got a bruise on his bicep, Rob Henshaw bruise on his quad, couple of days should see them right.
If Kearney is forced out of action this might open the door for Andrew Trimble to return to the side on the wing for the home game against France on February 25th - or perhaps Joe Schmidt would reward Craig Gilroy with a starting spot after his hat-trick in Rome.
Schmidt also said after the Italian test that Rory Best, Johnny Sexton and Peter O'Mahony - all injured for that game - would be set to return to the team for Ireland's next game (per the Mirror):
The great thing is they will definitely be available now for the next game and hopefully there will be some selection headaches
There have been no indications to the contrary so far regarding the trio.