Wasps flanker Willis faces year out with knee injury

Wasps flanker Willis faces year out with knee injury

Wasps flanker Jack Willis could be out for up to 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday's Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens, his club announced on Tuesday.

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Rugby Union - Premiership - Sale Sharks vs Wasps - AJ Bell Stadium, Sale, Britain - April 6, 2018 Wasps' Jack Willis in action during a scrum Action Images/Craig Brough

REUTERS: Wasps flanker Jack Willis could be out for up to 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday's Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens, his club announced on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, who was called up by England head coach Eddie Jones for next month's three-test tour of South Africa, now faces a race to be fit for next year's World Cup in Japan.

"Following consultation with a specialist, it has been determined that Jack Willis sustained a significant multi-ligament injury to his right knee," Wasps said in a statement on their website http://www.wasps.co.uk/news/article/2018/05/22/jack-willis-injury-update.

"This includes a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament. The injury is expected to keep him out of action for a period between nine and 12 months," Wasps added.

Willis left the pitch in the first half of Wasps' 57-33 defeat at the Allianz Park on Saturday after he collided with Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien)

Source: Reuters

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