Tomas O’Leary will miss Ireland’s crunch Six Nations clash with England after sustaining an eye injury.
O’Leary, who may have been selected at scrum-half for the match on Saturday, was the victim of a freak accident in training.
It is expected that the 27-year-old Munster player will out of action for between two to three weeks.
A statement released by the IRFU read: “O’Leary was undergoing speed training with a sled when one of the straps failed, recoiled and struck him in the left eye.
“This caused a bleed within the eye which affected his vision.
“The bleeding has now stabilised and following an ophthalmology review it is anticipated that this will continue to improve.
“The situation will be reviewed on Friday and the current estimation is that O’Leary will be at least 2-3 weeks out of training while the condition settles.”