Ireland star Tommy Bowe underwent surgery in Brisbane today - but the British and Irish Lions have not ruled him out of their future tour plans Down Under.
While injured props Cian Healy and Gethin Jenkins headed for home, Bowe had an operation to repair the broken hand he suffered during yesterday's victory over Queensland Reds.
Bowe's Ireland team-mate Simon Zebo is on his way from North America to provide injury cover, the Lions confirmed, yet there is also a degree of optimism that Bowe could recover quickly and possibly be involved in the Test series against Australia.
"The surgeon who spoke to him said that if everything goes all right it could be just a couple of weeks. Once the plate is put in, the bones are fixed, basically," Lions head coach Warren Gatland said.
Bowe's blistering form suggests he would have been a shoo-in selection for the opening Test on 22 June, but although that game now appears beyond him, the second Wallabies encounter a week later could conceivably feature on Gatland's selection radar.
The surgery was to stabilise a bone fracture in his hand, and the Lions say his condition will be assessed over the next few days.