Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller has been sidelined for eight to ten weeks after suffering a broken arm.
The 27-year-old suffered the injury during Saints narrow Aviva Premiership defeat against Newcastle Falcons at Franklin’s Gardens.
Waller sustained the blow during the closing stage of the game and has since undergone a surgery. The news follows after he recently signed a contract extension along with hooker Mikey Haywood.
Northampton Saints rugby director Jim Mallinder expressed disappointment on losing the services of Waller.
“We are obviously very disappointed to lose Alex,” Mallinder told to Northampton’s official website.
“His run of consecutive starts in the Aviva Premiership – stretching all the way back to May 2011 – has been remarkable.
“But he’s a resilient player and will be working hard to come back stronger for an important period in the new year.”