Six Nations 2013: Gordon D’Arcy adds to Ireland’s injury woes

Six Nations 2013: Leinster centre Gordon D'Arcy is ruled out of the remainder of the tournament with a foot injury

Ireland’s Six Nations hopes have been dealt a further blow with the news Gordon D’Arcy will miss the remainder of the championship with a foot injury.

The Leinster centre, who started against Wales and England, is likely to be out for six weeks after experiencing discomfort in the foot during the 12-6 defeat by the Red Rose in Dublin last Sunday.

D’Arcy has since been diagnosed with having a stress injury to a bone in his foot, ruling him out of the games against Scotland, France and Italy.

The 33-year-old is not the only Irish back on the sidelines with Simon Zebo’s foot injury also ruling him out of the rest of the tournament, while Jonathan Sexton will miss the Scotland game at least with a hamstring injury.

Lock Mike McCarthy is also out of the game at Murrayfield with a knee ligament injury while prop Cian Healy’s suspension means coach Declan Kidney will need to make at least five changes to the side defeated by England.

“Following a scan it was confirmed that D’Arcy has a stress injury to a bone in his foot,” the IRFU said in a statement.

“The injury will require immobilisation in a boot for at least four weeks, with a projected return to play of six weeks, pending further tests and specialist review.”

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