Republic of Ireland international Paul McShane will miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury.

The Hull player suffered an ankle fracture and severe ligament damage in Tuesday’s defeat to Southampton.

The 28-year-old will have an operation on Monday and is set for six months on the sidelines.

Quoted in the Irish Daily Star, McShane said: “I am out for six months with ankle ligament injury and micro fracture of the bone. I am going for an operation next Monday and I have to get myself right as quick as I can.

“It’s very frustrating to be honest as I was feeling very good. Now I must battle back as quickly as I can.”

Ireland play Serbia in a friendly in Lansdowne Road on 5 March.