Sean O'Brien misses Ireland's next Six Nations clash and it could be even worse

Ireland confirm one game but he could also miss the rest of the tournament

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Ireland's Sean O'Brien goes down injured ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Sean O'Brien has been ruled out of the trip to face England on Saturday week after confirmation that the flanker suffered a Grade 2 hamstring tear in Paris which could also make him a doubt for the rest of Ireland's championship.

Dave Kearney also looks unlikely to be fit for the trip to Twickenham after picking up an injury to his AC joint while Mike McCarthy will have to follow the return-to-play protocols for a concussion injury.

Out-half Johnny Sexton is reported to be feeling much better after suffering a number of knocks to his neck and shoulder while centre Jared Payne won't train at all this week after it emerged that he suffered a Grade 1 hamstring tear in the first-half at the Stade de France but managed to play on for the full 80 minutes.