DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland flanker Chris Henry has had surgery to repair a defect in his heart wall.

The Irish Rugby Football Union made the announcement in a statement on Tuesday, a day after the operation.

Henry was due to play South Africa on Nov. 8, but hours before kickoff, he suffered "a temporary blockage of a small blood vessel in his brain."

The heart procedure "was found to be related to his recent episode, and has been performed to prevent further issues," the IRFU said.

Shane Logan, chief executive of Henry's Ulster province, said they were optimistic Henry will make a full recovery, and return to pro rugby.