Joe Schmidt dealt two major injury blows ahead of Wales and England tests
Ireland head coach will have to plan without the services of Andrew Trimble and Ultan Dillane for their final two Six Nations clashes with Wales and England after the winger broke his hand playing for Ulster last night.
Trimble played the full 80 minutes despite suffering the injury in the 19-7 victory over Treviso at the Kingspan Stadium on Friday night.
The injury means that the experienced Trimble will miss this Friday's clash with Wales and a potential Championship decider against England eight days later.
His Ulster teammate Tommy Bowe has been drafted into the squad in his place.
Trimble is in a race against time to return for Ulster before the end of the season, as they chase a playoff spot in the Guinness Pro12.
Connacht lock Ultan Dillane is also out after the IRFU confirmed he would have surgery this week on his ongoing shoulder issue. He will be out of action for 8-10 weeks.
There was better news for Rob Kearney who is expected to train fully tomorrow.
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