'I think he's fractured his left forearm' - Joe Schmidt delivers bad news after Joey Carbery injury
Joe Schmidt was left to rue the injury suffered by Joey Carbery as he watched his Ireland side grind out an important win for the development of his younger players.
After putting in a sparkling performance, Carbery was forced off shortly after the hour mark with what Schmidt said is a suspected fractured arm.
The talented 22-year old will not feature against Argentina next weekend and Schmidt is hopeful that he isn't facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
“I think he's fractured his left forearm,” Schmidt confirmed.
“It's undisplaced as far as I know. But I can't absolutely confirm that but that appears to be the case. That will mean he won't take any further part in the series for us.”
Carbery's lightning quick feet lit up the contest but he had already shipped a heavy blow in the first half before he eventually had his involvement ended.
Schmidt was full of praise for the Leinster player's performance as he sweats over his scan results.
“I thought his ability to organise others is coming along,” Schmidt enthused.
“His own game was really good. His cross-kick to Dave Kearney in his own 22 was pinpoint. His vision is really good.
“The kick where we thought we'd got away and scored, again it was really well-placed for us to be competitive up at it. His passing game, the pass to Darren Sweetnam, I don't think you'd see a much more accurate pass.
“And the threat he poses at the line himself, he ducked and dived, and posed questions, but he's brave, potentially to a fault. He pays no heed as to what's in front of him.”
Carbery started his first game at out-half this season in the 23-20 win over Fiji and although Schmidt admitted that he would like to see him play more often in the No 10 jersey at Leinster, he understood why he has often featured at full-back.
“Look, it is what it is, it's an unfortunate situation for us, but I totally understand, they've got Johnny Sexton at Leinster, he plays and Rob Kearney was injured so Joey takes the opportunity at full-back,” Schmidt added.
“I just appreciate that he gets game time and is in good condition to play. I'd love him to play 10 more often, it would help his development, but it's a needs-must situation.
“He's such a team orientated character he would play anywhere and I totally understand that.”
As well as Carbery's injury, Rhys Ruddock and Cian Healy both suffered knocks and will be assessed before next weekend's game against Argentina.