ONE OF Ireland’s key players has been ruled out for the rest of the Six Nations after sustaining an injury during their 12-6 loss to England in Dublin on February 10.
Winger Simon Zebo sustained a broken bone in his foot and limped off the pitch on the 10 minute mark. He is set to be out of action for 10 weeks.
The 22-year-old Munster speedster of Martiniquan heritage, who scored a try in Ireland’s first match against Wales on February 2, will have an operation today (February 11) to fix the problem.
Fly-half Jonathan Sexton also damaged his hamstring but his injury is not considered to be serious.
Ireland boss Declan Kidney said: "Simon will have surgery tomorrow. Jonny will have a scan either later tonight or tomorrow.
"It looks like a couple of weeks for Jonny, but it would be wrong to try and second guess the outcome. We'll know more by Tuesday.”
He added: "It's been an attritional couple of games and we had a few injuries leading into the tournament but that's the way it goes."