Sean O'Brien set to miss out on Wales clash - but could return for visit of Scotland
It looks like Seán O’Brien will not be part of Ireland’s plan to take down Wales in the Six Nations at Lansdowne Road on Saturday week.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt issued hope on Saturday when noting the Tullow Tank “may well come into the squad prior to the Wales Test match.”
It is understood the openside flanker is on course to make a comeback against The Scarlets, not this weekend at The RDS, but at Parc Y Scarlets on March 3.
This would put the 30-year-old on target to play against Scotland in the Six Nations, seven days later.
The hip injury that required surgery in January has taken time to heal, but speaking on The Left Wing Live with Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery last night, O'Brien expressed hope that he could still play a part in this year's Six Nations.
"Hopefully play a part in the Six Nations," he said.
"We'll see how this week goes and we'll tick a few boxes and assess where we are going forward.
"It's been up-and-down with small niggles and different bits and pieces. Hopefully when I do get back fit I get back and get a good run of games. That's all I want to do, get back out and play. Pretty frustrating at the minute with the lads going so well and missing a few big games. That's the priority for me."