D'Arcy faces uncertain future after operation
Gordon D'Arcy's hopes of a return to action this year have been ruled out following another operation on his forearm, and the chances of him being available for the start of the Six Nations appear limited.
He underwent surgery last week on the arm he broke playing for Ireland last February against Italy, and his rehab is expected to last between nine and 14 weeks. The most optimistic forecast for a return to action now appears to be Leinster's final Heineken Cup pool game against Edinburgh at the end of January.
"Gordon has been desperately unfortunate but has handled it really well mentally," Leinster medic Dr Arthur Tanner said yesterday. "He has been very positive throughout this and if all goes well, we might have him back for the last rounds of the Heineken pool stages."
Last week's procedure was the third operation D'Arcy had on his arm. It was plated when broken first, and when that didn't heal, a bone graft was done. That hasn't worked either, so in last week's operation another plate was inserted along with a bone graft from his hip.
There is no guarantee this will work either in which case D'Arcy (28) will be forced to consider his future. The next couple of months will be an anxious time for the player and the Leinster and Ireland management teams.