Ireland’s Sean O’Brien facing lengthy spell on the sidelines

Leinster flanker Sean O'Brien will be a serious doubt for Ireland's opening Autumn International against South Africa

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O'Brien reached the last-eight with Ireland at the World Cup in 2011 Photo: M+MD, via Flickr

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Ireland flanker Sean O’Brien is a major doubt for Ireland’s opening Autumn International against South Africa after it was confirmed he requires hip surgery.

The Leinster back rower, who now faces four months on the sidelines, has been hampered by the injury this season but featured in all three Test defeats to New Zealand this month after playing through the pain barrier.

O’Brien featured in four Six Nations clashes for Ireland this year, but only completed one full match – their opening 23-21 defeat to Wales.

And Ireland manager Mick Kearney has revealed O’Brien will undergo corrective surgery this week in a bid to get him fit for the opening Test against the Springboks on 10 November.

“He is going having some keyhole surgery on his hip to repair some cartilage damage,” said Kearney.

“Surgery is imminent, it’s going to happen within the next week or so and the recovery period for this type of operation is 13 to 15 weeks. It means it could be up to four months.

“Obviously it’s going to make him doubtful for the November series. Full recovery is expected but I suppose, like any operation, there is always some risk attached to it.

“But certainly the medics would feel that he would make a full recovery and that he will certainly be back.

“The date I think [his recovery] is towards the end of October and he should be back playing Heineken Cup rounds three and four in December.

“It has been an ongoing problem and it has been managed over a period of time. The exact length of time, I can’t be sure of at this stage.”

© Sportsbeat 2012

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