Ireland out-half Joey Carbery will miss the Six Nations due to the injury he sustained against Ulster last week.
Munster head coach Johann van Graan confirmed today that the the 24-year-old would be out for between two and four months following surgery on damaged ligaments in his wrist.
Carbery had only recently returned to provincial action following the ankle injury that hampered him during the World Cup.
“That’s rugby, I’m gutted for Joey as an individual,” said Van Graan.
“He worked hard to get back into the position, he played the full 80 for the first time for quite a while and now he is out for a considerable amount of time.
“That’s rugby, that’s life. He’ll be back, he’s a class man and a brilliant rugby player.
“He’ll come back stronger, take his time and I can’t wait to have him back in the future.”
Confirmation of Carbery’s absence means Ireland head coach Andy Farrell could be without both his first-choice No 10s for the tournament opener against Scotland on 1 February as Johnny Sexton is currently recovering from a knee injury.