Six Nations 2014: Sam Warburton to miss the rest of the season
Six Nations 2014: Cardiff Blues and Wales captain Sam Warburton is set to miss the rest of the season through injury
Sam Warburton will miss the remainder of the season after his club confirmed he is set to have shoulder surgery in the next week.
The procedure will keep the injury prone Wales captain out of action for several months, which should also rule him out of their summer tour to South Africa.
It looks like it will rule him out for the rest of the season and probably the tour [of South Africa] as well
The 25-year-old flanker dislocated his shoulder at the end of Wales’ 51-3 Six Nations win over Scotland the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Cardiff Blues confirmed Waburton underwent MRI scans on Tuesday and following consultation with specialists it was decided he would have the operation this month.
“He’s not very good. It looks like he’s dislocated his shoulder; they had to put it back in after the game,” Wales head coach Warren Gatland confirmed after the match.
“The likelihood is he will probably need an operation in it. It looks like it will rule him out for the rest of the season and probably the tour [of South Africa] as well.”
Warburton only returned from injury at the start of the Six Nations after a shoulder injury sustained in Wales’ autumn defeat by Australia in November 2013—a repeat of a 2012 injury.
The 24-year-old has played in just six games for his region this season after missing the start of the season with a hamstring injury picked up in the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia in June.
“That’s just the way international rugby is nowadays,” Warburton said after team-mate Leigh Halfpenny was ruled out with the same injury after Wales’ defeat to England.
“They’re 10-month seasons and you’ve got to look after your body.
“I don’t think you’ll go more than three years without picking up a decent injury (with) a month or two lay-off at this level.”