Ireland could be dealt a major blow with speculation that Cian Healy will miss the Rugby World Cup because of a neck problem.
The Leinster loosehead needed surgery to repair a disc in his neck in May, and despite initial promising signs, the Irish Independent are now reporting that he will not recover in time for the tournament.
If Healy were to miss out, it would pile real pressure on Jack McGrath, his Leinster teammate, who started four of the five games during Ireland's victorious Six Nations campaign.
Dave Kilcoyne, Michael Bent and Denis Buckley are the other looseheads in the squad, and one would be needed to step up as McGrath's cover if Healy doesn't make it.
The42 explained that Healy's issue is linked to his limited range of movement and feeling in one hand, which would obviously be a serious problem on the pitch.
Healy has won 51 caps for Ireland, and was selected for the 2013 Lions tour but missed the Tests because of ankle ligament damage suffered early on the tour.