IRELAND winger Simon Zebo had successful surgery on his broken foot yesterday as Ireland picked up the pieces from Sunday's defeat to England.
The Munster star tweeted a picture of himself from his hospital ward. He went under the knife to repair a break to the fifth metatarsal in his right foot which he sustained in the match against England on Sunday.
“On the road to recovery! Looking for sympathy! Thank god all went well today #strongasanox,” he wrote underneath the photo.
He also tweeted a stoic message to supporters. "Sport's unpredictable! That's why we love it!" he wrote. "Injury is part and parcel! Thanks for the messages, much love."
Zebo will be sidelined for 10 weeks as he recovers from the injury. It will rule him out of the remainder of Ireland’s Six Nations campaign and Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Harlequins at Twickenham in April.
Meanwhile, Brian O'Driscoll took his mind off the defeat with a visit to wife Amy and new daughter Sadie.
As Irish fans came to terms with the disappointment of a Six Nations loss, the sight of Zebo and other walking wounded did little to lift spirits.
There was more positive news as he did not need crutches to walk with a strained hamstring, although he could yet miss Ireland's next game against Scotland.
He didn't need to walk far, as his fiancee Laura Priestley picked him up outside the hotel in a new Volkswagen.