Wales and Ospreys utility back Gavin Henson will not feature in the crunch Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster on Sunday 12 April at Thomond Park due to ligament damage.
The injury to his right ankle was sustained during last weekend's EDF Energy semi-final defeat to Gloucester when the 27-year-old was forced to limp off the field of play. An update from the Ospreys physiotherapist issued on Monday evening confirmed the regions fears predicting a four to six week recovery period which rules the Swansea star out of the Heineken Cup quarter-final and places any Lions call in doubt.
The news follows the earlier withdrawal of fellow international Lee Byrne who will also be unavailable to Sean Holley for the trip to Limerick due to another ankle injury.
As part of the build-up to next month's Cardiff 2014 Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup finals weekend, ERC has joined forces with the WRU, Cardiff Blues and adidas to develop an annual grassroots community rugby programme targeting young players.
The Ulster Rugby full back, Jared Payne (No 15), has been suspended for two (2) weeks following an independent Disciplinary Hearing in Dublin arising from the Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Saracens at Ravenhill Stadium on Saturday, 5 April.