Jim Hamilton is set to miss the remainder of Scotland's RBS 6 Nations campaign with a serious ankle sprain - but the lock did not break his leg against Ireland.
The Leicester Tigers forward was carried off in the closing stages of Scotland’s defeat at Croke Park and it was feared he had sustained a fracture.
An X-ray at the Mater Hospital in Dublin on Saturday night showed only a sprain, however the injury is serious enough to make the 25-year-old almost certain to miss the matches against England and Italy.
Scotland’s team doctor Sam Hewitt said: “The X-rays show that Jim has a badly sprained right ankle which is now immobilised in a boot.
“Jim will be subject to ongoing assessment but, at this stage, is unlikely to play any further part in this year’s championship.”
Scotland’s medical staff will on Monday also assess the rib injuries sustained by Kelly Brown and Euan Murray, and Scott MacLeod’s damaged shoulder.