Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell is expected to sit out the rest of the English club’s Heineken Champions Cup Pool campaign because of injury.
Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter has confirmed that the 25-year-old suffered a torn hamstring during England training for last weekend’s win over Australia and is likely to be sidelined for two months.
That would mean Nowell missing Exeter’s December Heineken Champions Cup double-header against Gloucester Rugby, their home Round 5 clash with TOP 14 champions Castres Olympique on January 13 and their Round 6 trip to Munster Rugby six days later.
He had previously played every minute of the Chiefs’ Heineken Champions Cup campaign this season, when a 10-10 home draw against Munster Rugby and a 29-25 defeat at Castres Olympique left them bottom of Pool 2.
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Speaking to Chiefs TV, Baxter said: “Jack’s got a pretty significant hamstring tear. It’s one of those injuries which is likely to be around the eight-week mark, give or take a week depending on how his rehab goes.”
However, the Exeter boss had more positive news on wing Olly Woodburn, lock Jonny Hill, hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie and back-row forward Sam Simmonds.
Baxter added: “A few of our other injured players are nearing returns to playing. Olly Woodburn, Jonny Hill, Luke Cowan-Dickie are all making good progress, while Sam Simmonds is now a couple of months into his rehab on his ACL injury, so it’s nice that as time goes by, we are still winning games of rugby.
“That certainly means we can deal with things on a more positive footing moving forward and we look pretty good fitness-wise from the weekend against Gloucester, which was nice.”