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Sean O'Brien is an injury doubt for the Six Nations

Sean O'Brien is an injury doubt for the Six Nations

Leinster flanker Sean O'Brien looks set to miss the start of Ireland's Six Nations campaign.

The British and Irish Lions star, who has played just four games for Leinster this season, missed the province's recent Pro14 derby wins over Munster, Connacht and Ulster after limping off during the victory against the Chiefs at the Aviva Stadium on 16 December.

The Ireland worldwide missed the recent Guinness Pro14 wins over Munster, Connacht and Ulster with a tightness in the hip, but it had been hoped he would return in time for the final two pool games of the Champions Cup.

However, the tightness in his hip has failed to respond to treatment and O'Brien met with a specialist earlier in the week before it was decided going under the knife was the best course of action.

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The surgery nearly certainly rules O'Brien out for Ireland's opening game of the Six Nations against France in Paris on February, and given the nature of the injury so far, it's unclear as to how long it will take for him to get back to full fitness, athough Leinster have said that the aim, at least, is for him to return at some point during the tournament.

The 30-year-old however has been ruled out for both those games and Leinster 's latest updates suggests the powerful flanker is now a doubt for Ireland's opening game away to France on 3 February.

The news is not good though. Josh Van der Flier will be the likely candidate to takes O'Brien's number 7 jersey.


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