Bad luck continues for Homer

Date published: September 9 2014

453212156_3201897

London Irish full-back Tom Homer has been ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks after analysis on a knee injury.

London Irish full-back Tom Homer has been ruled out for a minimum of eight weeks after analysis on a knee injury.

Homer suffered a grade two MCL knee sprain in Saturday's London Double Header fixture against Harlequins.

Homer was only on the field for seven minutes before he was forced off.

The injury is completely unrelated to the groin injury that kept him out of the majority of last season.

“It is a set-back for Tom and the club,” said Irish director of rugby Brian Smith.

“He has had a great pre-season and was chomping at the bit to be back playing. We have an excellent medical and rehab set up at the club and will ensure Tom gets the best possible support to ensure he fully recovers from the injury.

“The back three is a very competitive position at the club and with Tom absent, others will have a chance to stake a claim for the jersey.”

Homer is Irish's only specialist full-back in the squad, with Topsy Ojo, Fergus Mulchrone, Andrew Fenby and Alex Lewington all potential candidates to cover the spot.

Former Gloucester full-back Martyn Thomas was on trial with the club during pre-season, but was not signed to a contract.

Irish will also miss Homer's expertise off the kicking tee. The 24-year-old was the top points scorer in the 2011/2012 Premiership season with 278.

COMMENTS