O’Connell sustained a shoulder injury in Ireland’s Six Nations clash with France in the Stade de France on Saturday.  Following a scan, the injury has been confirmed as a shoulder A/C joint strain which puts the former Lion in doubt for Ireland v Wales.

O’Connell will require rehabilitation over the next week, at which point a further assessment of the injury will be made by the Ireland management team. 

Munster’s Heineken Cup quarter-final will also be against French opposition when the Irish province host Perpignan on Saturday, 1 April at Lansdowne Road. 

O’Connell, who has 31 international caps and 28 Heineken Cup games under his belt, would be a major loss for Ireland and Munster and Irish rugby fans will hope for good news next week.