Conor Murray has not been ruled out of Ireland’s autumn international against New Zealand on 17 November.
“No, he hasn’t been ruled out,” said forwards coach Simon Easterby of Ireland’s first-choice number nine.
“A little bit like some of the others, he’s been on a longer-term injury list but he is in camp this week. He’s been in Carton House [the team’s training base] and we’ll probably assess him as we go through the series.
He is set to miss the first three internationals but he could still be drafted in for the visit of New Zealand to Dublin.
“Everyone that was selected in that squad is not necessarily fit now but they’re potentially available throughout the series. We’ll make decisions on each individual case as we go through the series,” added Easterby.
“But with Conor it’s giving him an opportunity to get back in with us, working with some treatment but also there’s still potential.”