Garry Ringrose is facing a spell on the sidelines and is now in a race to make it back before the end of the Six Nations after suffering a suspected broken finger in yesterday's win over Scotland.
he centre appeared to pick up the injury late in the first-half and was subsequently replaced at the interval.
Ringrose underwent a scan last night where the extent of the damage was revealed. The 25-year old was pictured at full-time with his left thumb heavily strapped, which sparked concerns.
Independent.ie understands that Ringrose will be out of action for at least four weeks, which would mean that he will miss Ireland's next two games against Wales and England.
Ireland play Italy on March 7 before rounding off the tournament in Paris the following week. It remains to be seen what part, if any, Ringrose will play in either game.
Recovery times for such an injury can vary and while it is hoped that Ringrose is on the lower end of the scale, broken fingers can take up to two months to fully heal.
Ireland head coach Andy Farrell revealed after the game last night that Ringrose would undergo a scan as he was left to count the cost of his first game in charge.
Caelan Doris and Dave Kilcoyne both suffered head injuries while Tadhg Furlong was helped from the field after both of his calves cramped up.
It's not what Farrell needs ahead of next Saturday's visit of Wales to Dublin.
Ringrose would be a massive loss as the door reopens for Robbie Henshaw to come back into the starting XV alongside Bundee Aki. Chris Farrell, Will Addison and Stuart McCloskey will also come into contention.
An injury update is expected from the IRFU tomorrow, before Ireland name their team to play Wales on Tuesday.