Leinster coach Leo Cullen has confirmed that centre Garry Ringrose is likely to be sidelined for Ireland’s three November internationals in Dublin.
Ringrose hasn’t played since undergoing surgery on his shoulder in July and Cullen says the 22-year-old’s recovery is taking longer than expected.
Cullen told BBC: “Garry is still a bit off so he is probably looking at the end of November.”
Ireland host South Africa in the opening Aviva Stadium game on November 11 and clash with Fiji a week later before taking on Argentina on November 25.
Ringrose’s absence allows Ulster pair Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey along with Munster’s Rory Scannell and Bundee Aki of Connacht to stake their claim for a starting berth.
Ulster centre Jared Payne hasn’t played this season yet due to persistent migraines that began afflicting him on the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand and is unlikely to be considered.