Bok lock to go under the knife again

Lood de Jager will require surgery on his injured shoulder.

The Bok lock suffered the injury during the Sale Sharks' win against the Leicester Tigers on 5 September.

While Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond had hoped De Jager would be able to avoid an operation and return for the Premiership semi-finals on 10 October, he will have to go under the knife.

‘It’s not great news on Lood,’ Diamond said. ‘He’s going to have surgery and it will probably be longer [than last time]. It is probably going to be a rebuild, so will be five to six months.’

The 27-year-old only made his debut for Sale in March because of a similar injury suffered in the 2019 World Cup final against England that also required surgery.

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