Ireland and Munster flanker David Wallace looks set to be out of action for at least six months following the knee injury that ended his World Cup dream.
The 35-year-old suffered serious ligament damage following tackle by England centre Manu Tuilagi during Ireland’s 20-9 warm-up defeat at Aviva Stadium on Saturday.
Wallace underwent surgery on the injury in Dublin on Sunday night and has been replaced in the Ireland squad by Leinster’s Shane Jennings.
A statement on Munster official website, confirmed that Wallace “faces a long period out of the game ” and “is expected to be sidelined for at least six months”.
The loss of Wallace is a big blow to Ireland and Munster with the player not only missing out on the World cup but also the pool stages of the Heineken cup as well as a large portion on Munster defences of their PRO 12 crown.