Carty's freak spleen injury a major blow for Connacht
Full-back Tiernan O'Halloran says all the Connacht squad were shocked when they discovered that Jack Carty faced being out for most of the remainder of the season after rupturing his spleen on a holiday break to Dubai.
The 23-year-old underwent surgery in Dubai yesterday to remove his spleen following a freak accident on a water slide. He will be out of action for up to three months, but Connacht coach Pat Lam is confident he will make a full recovery.
Carty had travelled to Dubai for a brief holiday with a group which included Connacht players David Heffernan, Fionn Carr and Dave McSharry.
Carty's parents Ted and Susan travelled to Dubai on Sunday and the out-half underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to return to Ireland next week.
O'Halloran admitted that players were shocked when they heard the news.
"A few of the lads found out when it happened on Friday or Saturday. But most of the lads only found out this (Monday) morning when Pat mentioned it in the meeting.
"Obviously losing a guy in the team like that to injury is serious, but with the injury that it was as well it was pretty serious.
"So everyone was just a bit worried about his welfare and that. But thankfully he is in good hands over in Dubai.
"Thankfully, he will be okay, and he is going to be a big loss going forward for us, and in a key position for us. But we have a few key lads there that are well capable of taking the ten jersey and doing well for us."
Carty, who played in 17 of Connacht's 19 games this season, had chalked up 99 points before last week's break, but coach Lam is confident he might be back before the end of the season.
"I think it is one of those things with the spleen that it could recover but he might not be able to do any contact sport for six months to two years so he chose to have the spleen removed," he said.