Worcester Warriors tighthead prop Nick Schonert has been ruled out for the rest of the Premiership season due to a finger injury.
Schonert missed Worcester’s 25-19 win over Bath at Sixways at the weekend after having an operation on his finger.
The injury means he will also miss Worcester’s final two fixtures at Newcastle Falcons and against Leicester Tigers at Sixways.
Schonert has impressed for Worcester this season and has been influential for the club over the past few seasons.
Warriors director of rugby Gary Gold is optimistic about the 25-year-old’s chances of recovery and being named in England’s squad for their summer tour to Argentina.
“Nick had an operation on Wednesday and unfortunately he tore the ligament out of his finger and it had to be operated on,” Gold told Worcester News.
“He’s out for the rest of the season but hopefully in time to make a recovery if he were to be selected to go on the summer camp with England.
“I’ve heard possibilities they may be looking at him. Fitness-wise he’s up and running this week because it’s only his finger and he can’t bind for the next three to four weeks.”