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Rob Kearney's Six Nations could be over due to arm injury

By Ruaidhri O'Connor

Rob Kearney could miss the rest of Ireland's Six Nations campaign after his arm injury proved more serious than first reported by Joe Schmidt.

The Leinster full-back damaged his bicep towards the end of Saturday's 63-10 win over Italy in Rome and the injury could require surgery in the coming days.

The Lion is set to miss Ireland's three-day camp in Monaghan and is in a race to be fit for the remaining Championship matches against France, Wales and England.

Simon Zebo would likely take over the No 15 jersey if that is the case, with Ulster's fit-again Andrew Trimble coming on to the wing.

There is better news on Robbie Henshaw, who came off with a dead-leg last weekend and is set to train in Monaghan when the team get together tomorrow.

Peter O'Mahony trained with Munster yesterday, but will not play for the province against Ospreys on Saturday.

Munster director of rugby Rassie Erasmus said that his captain is almost ready to return from a hamstring injury.

"He won't feature this week. He's still a week away," he said.

"I think he might be ready next week but it would be stupid now to push that this week," he added.

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