Stephen Ferris is set to miss the Italy-Ireland clash in Rome due to injury. The Ulster player told BBC Sport on Friday that he was resigned to missing the match because of a knee injury.
“It is now looking as though I am going to miss the Italy game,” said Ferris.
Already out for the injury-hit Irish are Tommy Bowe, Shane Horgan, John Hayes, Jamie Heaslip, Andrew Trimble, Rob Kearney and Geordan Murphy.
The Irish rugby union have been dealt a major blow with the news that Geordan Murphy is out for the season. Murphy was hurt in the Premiership game with Northampton on Saturday and it was thought he had damaged ankle ligaments and would be out for around a month.
Confirmation he has a broken foot would be a huge blow to Tigers and Ireland.
Ireland’s Six Nations campaign begins on 5 February against Italy and they are already without Rob Kearney.