Leinster and Ireland centre Garry Ringrose has been ruled out until at least November after undergoing an operation on a shoulder injury last Monday.
The outside centre originally suffered the injury during Leinster’s Pro12 semi-final defeat to Scarlets and recently posted a picture of himself in a sling on social media.
A statement released by Leinster read: “Leinster Rugby can confirm that Garry Ringrose underwent an operation last Monday.
“The operation to address an ongoing shoulder issue was successful but Ringrose will be out for four to five months, depending on his rehabilitation.
“Ringrose started in all three of Ireland’s summer tour fixtures against USA and Japan, scoring two tries and kicking one conversion.
“This came at the end of a season in which Ringrose started 17 games for Leinster (nine Guinness PRO12, eight Champions Cup), scoring seven tries (four PRO12, three Champions Cup).”
The injury makes Ringrose a doubt for Ireland’s autumn international fixtures against South Africa (November 12), Fiji (November 18) and Argentina (November 25).