Danny Cipriani’s hopes of England recall ended by knee ligament tear

first_imgDanny Cipriani Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on Pinterest Premiership, Pro14, international and Premier 15s rugby union talking points Share on Facebook Reuse this content Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Topics Joe Marler reprimanded but not suspended over James Haskell fightcenter_img England rugby union team Read more Wasps … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on WhatsApp Danny Cipriani may be out of action until December after sustaining a medial knee ligament tear in Wasps’ Premiership defeat by Harlequins. He is not expected to resume playing for between eight and 12 weeks, ending the fly-half’s already remote hopes of a recall to England’s preliminary autumn training squad. Cipriani was hurt in the final moments at the Ricoh Arena having only just returned to the field from the sin-bin. The 29-year-old had been enjoying a decent start to the season as Wasps’ main playmaker but will now miss at least the first two rounds of the European Champions Cup as well as several Premiership fixtures starting with Sunday’s match against the defending champions, Exeter.He will also now spend his 30th birthday in early November on the sidelines, with Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Lozowski and Harlequins’ 18-year-old Marcus Smith ahead of him in the England fly-half pecking order, according to Eddie Jones, who names his training squad on Friday for next week’s short camp in Oxford.Wasp’s only consolation is that the New Zealander No10 Jimmy Gopperth is fit again after an ankle knock, with the imminent return of the flanker Thomas Young from a torn calf also reinforcing a currently battered squad. The back-row Alex Rieder dislocated a shoulder against Quins and will be out for around four months following surgery, while the scrum-half, Dan Robson, has a knee problem and will be out for another fortnight. The locks James Gaskell (hamstring) and Kearnan Myall (ankle) could be missing for up to four weeks and 10 weeks respectively. news Share on Twitter “It’s obviously not ideal to be without some of our key players but it’s likely to happen to a number of clubs at some stage during the season,” said the Wasps director of rugby, Dai Young. “You feel for the players who have picked up injuries, particularly those who look like they will be out for a few weeks when they’ve been playing well in the opening part of the season.”Worcester have signed the Leicester scrum-half Jono Kitto on a short-term loan deal as cover for the currently injured Luke Baldwin and Jonny Arr. Kitto, a former New Zealand Under-20 international, caught the eye of Worcester’s coaches when scoring a fine solo try in a recent A League game at Sixways.last_img read more