Joe Schmidt would not be surprised to see a “stubborn” Sean O’Brien play again this year, despite suffering a broken arm in Ireland’s victory over Argentina on Saturday.
The back-row spent much of last season on the sidelines with a shoulder injury and suffered another blow in the first half of a 28-17 win at the Aviva Stadium.
“He’s gutted, I’m gutted for him. I think the team are,” said the New Zealander.
“Actually, I thought he was just getting into his rhythm in the game.”
Schmidt added: “He’s already thinking about his rehab and about trying to make sure he gets back. He’s got a big target in a year’s time [the World Cup] that he wants to get to.
“I think I described him as a stubborn man and I think that ability to bounce back, that resilience that he has, would still give him a chance of getting back in time for toward the end of the year and then into the Six Nations.”
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