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Thursday 28 August 2014

O'Connell to go for surgery

JOHN FALLON

Published 30/12/2012 | 05:00

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Paul O'Connell

Paul O'Connell's future was last night thrown into doubt after it was confirmed that he is to have surgery on a back injury which has seen him play just twice since May.

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Munster confirmed after last night's 24-10 win over Ulster that the lock forward will undergo surgery.

It is not known how long O'Connell, 33, will be out of action but he looks set to miss the Six Nations and is a doubt for the Lions tour to Australia.

"Following consultation between IRFU and Munster medical staff and the player himself, it has been decided that Paul O'Connell will undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity," a club statement said.

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