Flannery's World Cup hopes fading
Jerry Flannery's prospects of featuring in Ireland's World Cup bid are looking increasingly remote as he faces into a three-month rehabilitation process following surgery on Tuesday.
The Munster hooker's career has been blighted by persistent injury since he was forced to miss the Lions tour in 2009.
But while the situation looks grim for Flannery, there is still hope he could recover in time to participate in Ireland's World Cup preparations in July and August.
"Jerry Flannery had surgery for his calf injury on Tuesday," said Munster coach Tony McGahan. "It is a three-month rehab.
"His time with Munster is certainly finished this season, but it will give him an opportunity to prove himself for selection for the World Cup squad.
"It is certainly not for me to comment whether this is the last opportunity for Jerry to work his way back to fitness, that will be a medical decision.
"Jerry will be given every opportunity. They will see how it goes. The operation was only yesterday (Tuesday).
"There is a three-month process to return to train and play. That will be the judging of that when it comes to that."