With one eye inevitably on the arrival of the All Blacks next weekend, there was an outpouring of sadness among Irish fans as Sean O'Brien suffered yet another injury set-back. After so many false starts, the Leinster man may now be set to miss yet another landmark game.
Picked by Joe Schmidt for today's Autumn International against the travelling Argentina, the Leinster man didn't make it as far as the half-way mark; escorted off the field just before the 40-minute mark with a suspected shoulder injury.
— RTÉ Rugby (@RTErugby) November 10, 2018
Missing Ireland's Grand Slam triumph and Leinster's run to Champions Cup success already this year, this latest set-back had viewers desperate to know what the Carlow man could have done to have such rotten luck.
— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) November 10, 2018
Sean O'Brien looks heartbroken. My heart. #IREvARG
— Rachel O'Neill (@ronronzo) November 10, 2018
Heartbreaking for Sean O'Brien. If anyone can come back stronger it's him. #IrevArg
— Enda Conway (@EndaConway) November 10, 2018
Sean O'Brien gone again. Fuck.
— Michael McCarthy (@McCarthyMick) November 10, 2018
Hard luck Sean O'Brien feel for him. 14 games in 16 months, wow.
— Aaron Cawley (@AaronCawley81) November 10, 2018
Gutted for Sean O’Brien.. He’s so unlucky and unfortunate with injury 😪 #IREvARG
— Sarah Jane Allen (@SarahJaneVlogs) November 10, 2018
That looks like a broken arm for Sean O'Brien. Shite! #IRLvARG
— El_Poderoso (@ronanodowd) November 10, 2018
— Miriam Kennedy (@Miriam_Kennedy) November 10, 2018
Poor Sean O’Brien has no luck at all. #IREvARG
— gerard moloney (@GerardRMoloney) November 10, 2018
Feel for Sean O'Brien.. 👏#IREvARG
— Michelle Broderick (@michellebroder2) November 10, 2018
One of Ireland's most devastating talents on his day, the potential absence of Sean O'Brien in one week's time may not hamper Ireland's chances of overcoming the All Blacks detrimentally, but he would certainly be missed.
After a cagey defeat of Argentina in the Aviva Stadium, Joe Schmidt confirmed that O'Brien had suffered a broken arm, and would require surgery.