Jared Payne set to miss most of Ireland's Six Nations campaign with a kidney injury
Published 01/12/2016 | 14:18
Ireland centre Jared Payne is facing a race against time to be fit for Ireland's opening three games of the 2017 Six Nations.
The IRFU issued a medical update this afternoon confirming that the New Zealand-born back is facing three months on the sidelines with a kidney injury sustained in the first half of Ireland's 27-24 win over Australia last weekend.
He is set to miss the away games against Scotland (February 4) and Italy (February 11) as well as the home fixture against France on Saturday, February 25.
He could return for the trip to Wales (March 10) and the clash with Eddie Jones's England (Match 18).
Andrew Trimble has a tendon issue in his foot which should only keep him out of action for a couple of weeks.
While the IRFU confirmed that Rob Kearney was removed from the pitch last Saturday as a precaution and should be okay.
The update failed to make any mention of Johnny Sexton who sat out the win over the Wallabies after suffering a hamstring injury in the first half of the defeat to the All Blacks.
It appears like a decision, over whether to rest Sexton for a while or allow him to try and prove his fitness for Leinster's upcoming Champions Cup clash with Northampton, has not been made yet.