Tommy Bowe's Ireland career could be coming to an end after latest injury setback
Ulster and Ireland star Tommy Bowe is set for eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering a sternum injury in the weekend defeat to Leinster.
Bowe is second on the list of Ireland's top tryscorer's behind Brian O'Driscoll but the likelihood that he will add to his tally of 30 touchdowns is looking increasingly remote.
The Grand Slam winner will miss the upcoming Six Nations as a result.
"It looks like it's around the sternum but we're doing more tests," Ulster's director of rugby Les Kiss told BBC Sport.
"The doc said weeks so that could be anything getting up to eight. That's a shame for him."
The Monaghan native has been dogged by injury in recent years and has slipped down Joe Schmidt's pecking order for Ireland due to the emergence of highly talented backs over the past few seasons.
Bowe's latest injury woe leaves the 33-year-old with a stiff task in playing himself into contention for the three-Test trip to Australia in the summer when he returns to action.