England centre Henry Slade is to miss February’s Six Nations and potentially much more besides after undergoing surgery on a damaged ankle and broken leg.
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter (via the club’s official website) claims that the 22-year-old will likely be sidelined for about four months, meaning there is absolutely no possibility he will feature in next year’s international tournament.
Baxter detailed just how serious the injury is:
“He has had what all indications suggest was a successful operation. He has had a plate inserted into the lower part of his leg, he had to have some ligament repair and a bit of wire inserted at the lower end of his leg too,” Baxter told exeterchiefs.co.uk.
“It was a pretty major operation but certainly not one we don’t expect him to make a full recovery from.”
Meanwhile, back-row Dave Ewers is also set for a fair amount of time on the recovery table with a knee injury keeping the 25-year-old out of action.
“Dave will be a little while. He has a fairly significant knee injury so it is going to be a fair few weeks before we see Dave. That is relatively long-term,” said Baxter.
“It is difficult to put a timescale on these things but he will be [out for] a significant period of time.”
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena