Denis Leamy has cast doubt on his future in rugby due to a long standing hip injury.
Leamy has struggled with the problem for some time but it worsened in January, resulting in the Munster man being ruled out of the remainder of the season.
Capped 57 times by Ireland, including all five games of the Grand Slam-winning campaign in 2009, Leamy is due to meet with a specialist later this month and he admits his future in the game is dependent on what he is told that day.
"It’ a very difficult injury and I have to see a consultant at the end of the month and obviously a lot depends on the advice he has to give," Leamy is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.
"At the moment it’s positive but I do have a lot of concerns as to whether I can continue or not because there’s a lot of damage around the joint."
Leamy has been plagued by injuries over the last five years but when fit he is one of Munster's most consistent performers, scoring 150 points in 145 appearances for the province.
He remains hopeful that he will be able to carry on but he knows that his time in the sport is running out.
"The injuries that require surgery, there’s always that doubt but I wouldn’t be writing the obituary notice just yet," he added.
"The minute you walk through the gates of a rugby team, you know that at one stage you’ll have to walk out the door as well. It’s a revolving door, you’d be under no illusions that some day it would come to an end and hopefully it won’t be for a while yet in my case."