Leinster full-back Rob Kearney is likely to miss Ireland's RBS 6 Nations clash with England on February 27 after hobbling off with a knee injury in Saturday's defeat to France.
The 23-year-old lasted just 33 minutes at the Stade de France before being replaced by Paddy Wallace, with scans revealing he has a medial ligament tear.
And although coach Declan Kidney has not set a date for Kearney’s return, it is thought that the England game will come too soon.
There is better news for Kidney’s Leinster teammate Brian O’Driscoll who looks likely to shake off a heavy knock picked up to his left knee in the game.
However, of greater concern to Kidney will be the likely citing of hooker Jerry Flannery after the Munster man was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for a trip on Alexis Palisson in the first half.