Cian Healy has been ruled out of the rest of the British and Irish Lions tour – not by suspension, but by ankle ligament damage.
The Leinster loose-head, rated the likely Test starter on June 22, will leave Australia with his dreams in tatters having been stretchered from the field of play in Perth on Wednesday.
There is some consolation in Healy being cleared of an alleged bite to Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan following a two and a half-hour hearing today in Brisbane.
"There is no conclusive video evidence of the incident and post-match it was not possible to distinguish any discernible bite marks outside of the 'regular' marks usually found following a Rugby match," reported Judicial Officer Nigel Hampton.
"I cannot find proven on the balance of probabilities that there was a deliberate bite here, and the citing complaint is not upheld."
Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: "Firstly, our thoughts are with Cian. It has been a day of mixed emotions for him after being quite rightly being cleared of foul play.
"But then the scan revealed the extent of the damage to his ankle. He has made a big contribution on and off the field in the last two weeks and we wish him well in his recovery."
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