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Joey Carbery: 'Devastation doesn't even describe how I'm feeling'

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Joey Carbery has taken to Instagram to outline his frustration that injury will prevent him featuring for Munster in their remaining two Champions Cup pool games and for Ireland when they start their upcoming Six Nations.

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Only just back in action following an injury-hit 2019, he has now quickly returned to the sidelines after a scan on a wrist injury sustained in the PRO14 defeat to Ulster last Friday.   

“It has been confirmed the out-half sustained a wrist ligament injury and requires surgery, ruling him out for the immediate future,” read a Monday evening statement from Munster. 

After the worst was confirmed, Carbery took to social media to explain his situation. “Devastation doesn’t even describe how I’m feeling,” he wrote on Instagram. 

“Thanks for all the well wishes. Been a tough couple of months physically and mentally, and thought I was in the clear. But will be back soon, better than ever.”

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RugbyPass recently sat down with former Munster, Ireland and Lions flanker David Wallace 

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Carbery’s start for Munster at the Kingspan Stadium was his first in his province’s No10 shirt since their May 2019 PRO14 semi-final loss to Leinster in Dublin. 

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He was stretchered away from Ireland’s World Cup warm-up win over Italy last August and while he made it back to make three appearances off the bench at the finals in Japan, he returned to Limerick with an aggravation of his ankle injury that only recently come right. 

He first appeared as a replacement in the post-Christmas PRO14 loss to Leinster before getting the chance to start versus Ulster.

His return to fitness was viewed in Ireland as very timely as Johnny Sexton, the national team’s first-choice ten, has been nursing a knee injury since early December.

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However, hopes that Carbery would be in the mix for the upcoming Six Nations, which opens on February 1 at home to Scotland and signals the start of the Andy Farrell era, have now been dashed.     

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