Distraught Dan Leavy has revealed his "haunted thoughts" at being forced to miss the Rugby World Cup but the Leinster flanker vowed to return from a devastating knee ligament injury as he awaits to see a specialist.
"I'm struggling to put into words how devastated I am with the injury," he said.
"Firstly, to miss the business end of the season and our opportunity to pursue another European and league title.
"Secondly, to miss an opportunity to play in a World Cup in Japan is haunting my thoughts.
"All I have ever aimed for in my career is the opportunity to shine on the world stage for my country and do the nation and my family proud.
"I fully back the boys to make a little bit of history as they always do and will watch on as number-one supporter. I will be back."
There was better news for Ireland and Leinster yesterday when Devin Toner, Jonathan Sexton and Robbie Henshaw returned to training in the hope that they might feature in Saturday's PRO14 clash against Benetton at the RDS.
However, there are growing fears about the fitness of Munster and Ireland out-half Joey Carbery, with the club still unable to ascertain the seriousness of the hamstring injury which reoccurred during the first half of Saturday's Champions Cup win against Edinburgh.
Munster coach Johann van Graan was moved to set aside concerns that the playmaker was hastily rushed back to action after his premature removal before half-time.
"He was perfect the whole week. He did everything that our medical team asked him to do.
"He trained the whole week, full out. There was no sign of anything," said Van Graan.
"I think you saw the beginning of the game, he went up for that high ball, made his tackles, kicked a goal, so there was no indication that something might happen. So from our side we have no regrets."