Home Rugby Lions Captaincy Favourite Sam Warburton Ruled Out For Six Weeks With A Knee Injury

Lions Captaincy Favourite Sam Warburton Ruled Out For Six Weeks With A Knee Injury

Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker Sam Warburton has been ruled out for the next six weeks with a knee injury sustained in the clash with Ulster last week.

Warburton is long-rumoured to be the favourite for the Lions captaincy and was, according to the bookmakers, virtually nailed-on to take the proverbial armband, but this injury has thrown that into a bit of doubt. While the scan could have been far worse from both his and the Lions’ perspective, it is still coming at arguably the most inopportune time possible ahead of said captaincy announcement.

However, he is still expected to be taken on the tour regardless of his ability to captain the side. Cardiff Blues head coach Danny Wilson expects that the injury will not affect his chances of being called into the Lions squad itself.

It does, however, rule the 28-year-old out for the rest of the domestic season. Cardiff Blues are a long way off making the top four in the Pro 12 and their involvement in Europea was ended by a heavy defeat to Gloucester in the Challenge Cup quarter-final recently.

Nonetheless, it is hardly ideal for Gatland to be losing an important part of his plans to injury right before he is due to name his squad, with Warburton unable to even train for the warm-up games ahead of the first test at the end of June.

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