It’s such a shame to see an incredibly talented player be struck down by injuries so often. When you try to think of these players in your head, Sam Warburton’s name would be at the forefront.
Since the British and Irish Lions tour in New Zealand, where he came roaring back to captain the side in the second and third Tests (and put in quality performances as well), the 29-year-old has been out of action after he underwent neck surgery for a longstanding problem.
The latest we heard was that he was recovering well from the neck operation and was expecting to return in January, however, it’s possible we won’t see the dynamic flanker again this season after it was decided that he would also undergo knee surgery for a longstanding problem.
A statement from the Cardiff Blues reads:
Sam Warburton has undergone surgery to resolve a knee injury.
With Warburton currently sidelined with a neck injury, the proactive approach was taken with a view of ensuring he returns to action fully fit. The recovery is anticipated between 4-6 months.
Warburton said: “In close consultation with the WRU and Cardiff Blues we decided it would be proactive to have surgery now on a knee injury and I’m looking forward to returning to action fully fit.”
It’s a big blow to his club but also to Warren Gatland as Wales prepare for the Six Nations which get underway in less than two months. Wales will face Scotland in their opening match of the competition at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on February 3.