Munster have confirmed that Ireland international Joey Carbery will undergo surgery on his ankle.

The out-half, who is currently sidelined due to a wrist injury sustained in early January, met with an ankle specialist last week who recommended a surgical procedure.

The wrist ligament injury ruled him out of Ireland's current Six Nations campaign and was expected to keep the 24-year-old out of action for between two to four months.

In a squad update ahead of Saturday's Guinness Pro14 fixture against Scarlets at Thomond Park, Munster confirmed: "While rehabbing from his current wrist injury, Joey Carbery attended an ankle specialist last week who advised a further surgery.

"As Carbery is already undergoing rehabilitation for a wrist injury, it was decided to go ahead with the elective procedure on his ankle."

The ex-Leinster player has been dogged by injuries in recent months.

Carbery suffered an ankle injury in August 2019 during a Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Italy, although he was fit enough to be selected for the squad for the tournament and featured during the Irish campaign in Japan. 

His involvement for Munster however has been curtailed this season, making just two Pro14 appearances against Leinster and Ulster respectively.

Before suffering the wrist injury, he had only recently returned to provincial action in late December following the ankle injury that hampered him during the World Cup.