Exeter Chiefs lock Mitch Lees is set to miss about four months
Australia-born forward had an operation on his damaged bicep this week
The 27-year-old had been touted as a possible England player
Exeter Chiefs and England have suffered a blow with in-form second-row Mitch Lees ruled out for four months after having an operation on a bicep injury.
The 27-year-old, who was a possible call-up to England’s squad for the upcoming Six Nations Championship, is now set for a long spell out.
“Mitch is going to be out long-term,” Baxter told the Chiefs club website.
“It is a blow but any team in the Premiership has to be able to weather these things and get on with it.”
Earlier this month, Baxter said it was unlikely that the club would bring in an extra second row to cover Lees’ injury, which he picked up on New Year’s Day.
Meanwhile, scrum-half Will Chudley, meanwhile, is unlikely to train this week after suffering minor ankle ligament damage.
Baxter hopes, however, that wing Jack Nowell’s knee injury is “relatively short-term”, allowing him to play for England in the Six Nations.