The IRFU have confirmed that Tommy O’Donnell will miss the Rugby World Cup through injury.
The Munster flanker was carried off during Ireland’s win against Wales on Saturday, and scans have shown he has a dislocated hip.
The IRFU statement said: “Investigations at University Hospital Wales yesterday afternoon confirmed that Tommy suffered a hip dislocation in the game against Wales.
“He will be limited to non-weight bearing activity for at least 6 weeks and has unfortunately been ruled out of participating in RWC15.”
It is a heavy blow for the 28-year-old, who had impressed on the field until the injury.
Ireland manager Joe Schmidt had hoped O’Donnell would recover in time to play a part in the World Cup.
“We’ll know more about that in the next 24 to 48 hours,” Schmidt said after the game.
“The frustrating thing for Tommy is that he made 14 or 15 tackles, he got at least three, maybe four or five turnovers.
“I thought he started the game really strongly and he’s such a dynamic player for us.”
Ireland fans expressed their sympathy for the player and sadness at the news he would miss the tournament.
Horrible news for Tommy o'Donnell missing out on the World Cup...— Aaron Doherty (@finsceal) August 10, 2015
All kinds of heartbroken for Tommy O'Donnell. Wishing him a speedy recovery. Massive loss for us. 💔— Gráinne (@Grazinator) August 10, 2015
Gutted for Tommy O'Donnell, deserved his spot in the world cup squad— Cian Walsh (@Kung_Fu_Panda59) August 10, 2015
Huge shame to see Tommy O'Donnell ruled out of the World Cup. Would have been a big big player for Ireland. Speedy recovery, Sir.— Rucktales (@Rucktales) August 10, 2015