December 17, 2018 / 11:50 PM / in 7 months

Ireland lock Henderson to miss start of Six Nations

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - France vs Ireland - Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France - February 3, 2018 Ireland’s Iain Henderson wins the lineout REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

LONDON (Reuters) - Ireland lock Iain Henderson is set to miss the start of the Six Nations due to a thumb injury, his club Ulster said on Monday.

The 26-year-old, who has played 40 times for his country, underwent surgery on Monday.

“Iain Henderson had surgery today to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. This is expected to make him unavailable for selection for approximately 10 weeks,” Ulster said in a statement on their website.

That would rule Henderson out of Ireland’s opening Six Nation test against England in Dublin on Feb. 2 as well as the matches against Scotland and Italy that follow as they bid to reclaim the title they won last year.

Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Nick Mulvenney

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