Ireland and Munster centre Chris Farrell is expected to miss the remainder of the NatWest Six Nations after sustaining a knee injury in training on Tuesday.
Farrell who was named man of the match on his Six Nations debut against Wales last weekend, twisted his knee in the turf while training with the rest of the squad at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday but was able to return to the session following treatment.
He was sent for a precautionary scan which uncovered some ligament damage and the Munster centre will now see a specialist to determine the extent of the problem.
It is a huge disappointment for the Tyrone native just a few days on from his Championship debut and a memorable individual performance in the 37-27 bonus point win. He had struck up a promising centre partnership with Bundee Aki with whom he has enjoyed victories over Argentina and Wales so far.
Ireland head coach Schmidt laughed off the injury in the post-training press conference, assuming, no doubt, that Farrell was fully fit.
“He jogged back out to the huddle, he was described as Lazarus by the players,” said Schmidt.
“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.”
Farrell was named in the starting XV for the game against Wales in the absence of Robbie Henshaw, who was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament after suffering a shoulder injury against Italy.