Ireland boosted by O'Brien injury news
Ireland was given a boost with the news that Niall O'Brien is likely to be fit for its One Day International clash with Australia at Clontarf on 17 June.
Following consultations with the Northants doctor and a specialist, it was decided that an operation on the index finger of his left hand was not required at this stage.
The wicket-keeper damaged his finger towards the end of the 2009 county season, and it flared up again in February during the ICC World Twenty20 qualifying competition in Dubai.
Fears that an operation to insert a pin in the finger would be required have been allayed - for the time being.
O'Brien outlined the latest diagnosis and prognosis of his injury: "X rays showed a fracture of my left index finger, but I've had a cortisone injection in the joint and hopefully that will take away some of the swelling and pain. I'll play in the T20 games coming up and the ODI against Australia. I'll not play any part in the four-day games coming up, and we'll reassess the damage after the Twenty20 campaign finishes.
It's likely that an operation will be required at some stage, but it's trying to decide just when to do it. I'll have to decide with Northants and Ireland just when would be the best time to do it."
Ireland's winter schedule is still being finalised, with games against Zimbabwe, and a possible sub-continent tour ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 on the agenda.