Confirmed - Garry Ringrose out for up to five months with shoulder injury
Leinster and Ireland star Garry Ringrose has been ruled out for 4-5 months as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
The youngster damaged his shoulder before Ireland's tour of Japan and recently posted a picture of himself in a sling on social media.
It means that he will miss most of Leinster's Champions Cup pool games and Ireland's November internationals against South Africa, Fiji and Argentina.
A statement released by Leinster this afternoon read: "Leinster Rugby can confirm that Garry Ringrose underwent an operation last Monday.
"The operation to address an ongoing shoulder issue was successful but Ringrose will be out for 4-5 months, depending on his rehabilitation.
"Ringrose started in all three of Ireland’s summer tour fixtures against USA and Japan, scoring two tries and kicking one conversion.
"This came at the end of a season in which Ringrose started 17 games for Leinster (nine Guinness PRO12, eight Champions Cup), scoring seven tries (four PRO12, three Champions Cup)."
News of his long lay-off comes just a few weeks after another Leinster centre, Robbie Henshaw, was given a 16-week recovery time after his Lions tour came to an early end.
It was revealed last week that Henshaw is in a race against time to be fit for November after suffering a severely torn pectoral muscle.
Ringrose's setback means that Leinster have lost both of their starting centres for the opening months of the news season, which includes the three-time European winners' opening Champions Cup matches against two of Exeter Chiefs, Glasgow Warriors and Montpellier.
Hailed as the successor for both Leinster and Ireland to Brian O'Driscoll, Ringrose scored seven times in 17 starts for Leinster last season and has won 11 caps since making his debut in November 2016.