Northampton Saints have announced that England prop Alex Corbisiero has sustained a ligament tear to his shoulder that will keep him out of action until early 2015.
Corbisiero sustained the injury in the second half of the Saints’ Aviva Premiership Round 4 game against Bath, with the specialist’s advice being that the tear needed surgical repair so that he can play to an optimum level in the future.
The Saints and England medical teams are liaising on Corbisiero’s treatment and recovery.
The news is the latest blow for the 26-year-old who missed much of last season due to a knee injury.
Corbisiero will thus miss all of England’s November internationals, against New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Samoa.