England flanker Tom Curry will miss the entire Six Nations and most likely the rest of the campaign after Sale revealed he requires surgery on a hip injury.
The 25-year-old, who was part of the Red Rose side that finished with a bronze medal at the 2023 Rugby World Cup, has been struggling with the problem.
Following the tournament, Curry visited a specialist who confirmed that a clear out of the joint is the only option and he will have the operation next week.
Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson shed further light on the injury and said surgery was the best option for a player who has a long future ahead of him.
“Tom has been back down to London to have further extensive x-rays under movement with a different consultant and this is the best thing for him in the short term,” he said.
Curry missed this year’s Six Nations with a hamstring injury and the World Cup warm-ups (ankle), but returned for England‘s pool meeting against Argentina.
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“I know it sounds long-term – the season – but it’s not,” Sanderson continued on the injury.
“He’s still a young lad and it’s the best thing for him in the short-term to ensure he’s able to be more robust moving forward and to train and progress his game the way he wants to.
“The level of stiffness hadn’t flagged up to this degree until this point in his career.
Red flags were out
“There has always been hip stiffness there and an element of managing his load because he will just empty the tank and this time he was doing the same thing but just not recovering and wasn’t able to do it again and again.
“The red flags were out that maybe there was something deeper here and apparently there is.
“I’m sure there will be ebbs and flows over the next four or five months and I hope to be part of that journey with him as we get him back to where he needs to be.
“There was no chink in the invincible armour that is Tom Curry. It was like, ‘right, let’s get it done. Let’s go’.”