Aviva Premiership: Joe Marler to miss rest of the season
Loosehead prop needs shoulder surgery, but is not expected to be a doubt for England's Rugby World Cup campaign in September
Joe Marler will miss the remainder of the Aviva Premiership season after Harlequins confirmed he requires minor surgery on an injured shoulder.
The news was delivered by Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea after their 25-23 win over Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium, but the England loosehead is not expected to be a doubt for England’s Rugby World Cup campaign.
He will probably need an operation but it’s only a minor one, it’s not going to be something that’s going to have any impact on him.
Conor O’Shea on Joe Marler’s Rugby World Cup prospects
Marler had been due to start the Aviva Premiership match, but was withdrawn before kick-off and replaced with Mark Lambert.
The set-back didn’t disrupt their preparations as tries from England trio Chris Robshaw, Marland Yarde and Danny Care helped Quins to a bonus-point 25-23 win to move a point behind seventh-place Sharks with two rounds of the regular season remaining.
“It’s not a worry for the World Cup,” O’Shea said.
“He came back from the Six Nations with a shoulder injury.
“We thought because he had this problem before that you could strengthen it, but we made the decision yesterday.
“Will he be fit for the rest of the season? No, but will he be fine for the training camps? Yes.
“It’s a hangover from the Six Nations and needs to be looked at.
“He will probably need an operation but it’s only a minor one, it’s not going to be something that’s going to have any impact on him.
“We thought he could strengthen, but it’s not something you can mess around with.”
Quins, who also expect full-back Mike Brown to miss the rest of the season with concussion-related issues, face Bath at The Stoop on 8 May before a trip to Kingston Park to take on Newcastle Falcons on 17 May.