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Henry Slade set for operation on suspected leg break

  • Henry Slade will undergo surgery on suspected broken leg suffered against Wasps today
  • The youngster will now likely miss England’s Six Nations campaign
  • His injury came on the same day Northampton confirmed England prop Alex Corbisiero will also undergo surgery
Rob Baxter, Exeter’s director of rugby, has confirmed Henry Slade will undergo surgery on Sunday after suffering a suspected broken leg during the Chiefs thrilling Premiership victory over Wasps.

The 22-year-old was forced off with 15 minutes remaining in Exeter’s 41-27 win at the Ricoh Arena on Saturday. His injury was assessed when Exeter arrived back from their trip to Coventry on Sunday morning.

“Henry has an injury to the lower part of his right leg, and it is envisaged he will be operated on today,” admitted Baxter.

“At the moment we have set no timescale on how long he will be sidelined for. A more detailed assessment will be made following the operation.”

The loss of the highly-rated centre will be a major blow to Aviva Premiership leaders Exeter, who temporarily took top spot ahead of Saracens’.

Meanwhile, Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero once rated among the finest loosehead props in world rugby will have surgery on a knee problem that has ravaged his career in recent years.

More to follow.