Wasps star Danny Cipriani could be out for up to three months after suffering a knee injury, BBC Sport report.
The 14-times capped star picked up the injury during his side’s 24-21 defeat to Harlequins on Sunday, a result which saw Dai Young’s men lose their first home game since December 2015.
The former Sale Sharks and Melbourne Rebels play-maker visited a specialist today, who confirmed that he had suffered a tear in the medial ligament of his knee.
Wasps said that Cipriani’s injury will probably take eight to twelve weeks to heal, meaning that Cipriani will miss big domestic clashes against the Exeter Chiefs, Bath, Saracens and Northampton.
The injury will also keep the 29-year-old out of his sides’ opening two Champions Cup fixtures which see them take on Ulster in Belfast on the October 13 before hosting Harlequins the following weekend.
Cipriani, currently in his second spell at the Coventry-based club has made over a 120 appearances for the club, racking up over 700 points, as well as winning the Heineken Cup with them way back in 2007.
The loss of the versatile back who last played for England in August 2015, is a big blow for Dai Young and co, as they seek to go one better than last year, when they agonisingly missed out on the Premiership title to Exeter Chiefs.
To compound matters for the club, Wasps have also revealed that versatile back-rower Alex Rieder will miss four months of action after dislocating his shoulder during Sunday’s game. The powerful 26 year-old former Rotherham Titans player will require surgery on the injury.
Speaking about the double-injury blow, Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young was pragmatic, saying that the situation wasn’t ‘ideal’ but that it would likely happen to many clubs at some point during the season,
“It’s obviously not ideal to be without some of our key players, but it is likely to happen to a number of clubs at some stage during the season” the former Wales and Lions Prop said.
Before stressing that the club needed to ‘deal’ with it:
“Unfortunately we have picked up a few injuries early doors which is obviously going to stretch us, but we just need to deal with that. We have a strong squad and that’s what building quality throughout the squad is for”.
Wasps currently lie in second place in the table after two wins and a loss, one point behind league leaders Exeter Chiefs.
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