Ireland's Chris Farrell set to miss remainder of Six Nations after training ground injury
Fermanagh man Chris Farrell is set to miss the rest of the Six Nations.
The Munster centre made his tournament debut against Wales last weekend and put in a Man of the Match performance.
However, he suffered knee ligament damage in training on Tuesday and is now likely to be unavailable for the clashes against Scotland and England.
Ireland are, of course, already without Robbie Henshaw for the rest of the campaign.
An IRFU update said: "Chris Farrell received treatment on the field earlier today after twisting his knee in the turf. He subsequently jogged on to re-join the rest of the playing group and felt well.
"He was sent for a precautionary scan this afternoon which indicated some ligament damage had occurred and he will now see a specialist. Chris is unlikely to be available for the remainder of the 6 Nations."
Earlier on Tuesday, coach Joe Schmidt had been optimistic that Farrell's training ground tumble was nothing to worry about.
He said: "Chris jumped back into the huddle and was described as Lazarus by the lads.He just got his foot caught and twisted and fell and then got a bit of a fright.
"He certainly was jogging around. I’ve just come from chatting to him and he says he is absolutely fine. We don’t suspect that there’s any issue there."
Leinster centre Garry Ringrose will be Farrell's likely replacement against Scotland after making his return in the PRO 14 against the Southern Kings last Friday. Ringrose had been expected to play again for Leinster this weekend in a top-of-the-conference clash against the Scarlets.
Iain Henderson and Tadhg Furlong are on track to face Scotland on Saturday week according to Schmidt.
Despite Johnny Sexton missing yesterday’s open session at Lansdowne Road altogether, the New Zealander was upbeat on the out-half’s gluteal issue. Conor Murray ran shuttle drills behind the goal, while Rob Kearney and Bundee Aki sat out the session along with Henderson and Furlong who missed the bruising win over Wales with hamstring issues.
Ireland break for the rest of the week to allow some players game-time with their provinces and the front-liners a rest from the relentless schedule.
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