The move has ruled the Bath Rugby tighthead prop out of England’s final four RBS 6 Nations matches, but Bath head coach Mike Ford does not believe that the player will be out for the rest of the season.
Our medical team are confident he will be back playing for Bath before the end of the season.
Wilson, 29, missed England’s 21-16 comeback win over rivals Wales at the Millennium Stadium last week and faces a further 10-12 weeks on the sidelines.
The injury is believed to be similar to the one which ruled Wasps lock Joe Launchbury out of the championship.
“We are disappointed for Davey that he’ll miss the Six Nations,” said Ford.
“Following his operation, he’ll return to the club to commence his rehabilitation.
“His return will be based on his progress during rehab, but our medical team are confident he will be back playing for Bath before the end of the season.”
Lancaster’s squad has been beset by injuries in recent weeks with a number of players joining Launchbury in being long-term absentees, including Saracens outside-half Owen Farrell and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi.
Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole stepped in for Wilson against England and has retained his place for Saturday’s match against Italy as head coach Stuart Lancaster names an unchanged team.
England also have Newcastle Falcons tighthead prop Kieran Brookes in the squad, while Wilson’s Bath colleague Henry Thomas has been involved in the England camp after his involvement with the England Saxons at the end of last month.
“It is really unfortunate for Davey and disappointing for us to lose him for the Six Nations,” Lancaster said.
“However it was agreed surgery was the best solution to get this issue cleared up.”
Wilson is expected to be fit in time for England’s Rugby World Cup training camp in the summer.
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