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Devin Toner has been ruled out of the remainder of Ireland’s Six Nations tournament using an ankle injury.
The Leinster lock is question for its European Cup quarterfinal contrary to Ulster and is now confronting a two-month lack.
Training also sat out in Murrayfield on Friday but will likely begin on Saturday against Scotland.
The Ireland management say O’Brien is being handled after the flanker recently came back from a busted arm he suffered during the fall show triumph over Argentina.
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The lack of 6’10” Toner is another significant setback to Ireland’s line out options after fellow locks Iain Henderson and Tadhg Beirne suffered injuries before the beginning of their Six Nations campaign.
Schmidt has added Munster’s Billy Holland into his team as injury pay, with James Ryan and Ultan Dillane the other specialist rows available into the champions.
“It’s a massive blowoff,” admitted Ireland captain Rory Greatest.
“Devin has been a big aspect of what we’ve generated here during the last while and he’s a wonderful player.
“I’d say that on the last 18 months or 2 years he has probably played some of their best Rugby of his career, therefore to eliminate a person like that, the intellectual property he brings round the line out and the calmness he has is just a wonderful thing to get round the team atmosphere.
“So he’ll be considered a loss, because any wonderful player is, however, when such things happen it provides the opportunity for somebody else and that I thought Quinn Roux was great when he came . He revealed plenty of physicality and he has been playing very well for Connacht – .
“It’s going to become a massive chance for James Ryan and lead in that second row.
Beirne is currently also targeting a return from his knee injury in time for Ireland’s around three match on 24 February, while Henderson is expecting to recover to feature from the last two rounds against France and Wales.