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Dylan Hartley returns for Saints while prop Kieran Brookes ruled out following knee surgery

  • Northampton prop Kieran Brookes is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after having an operation on his knee.
  • Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder confirmed the news following his side’s 25-23 defeat at London Irish.
  • England international Brookes had surgery on Thursday after suffering an injury against Racing 92
  • Dylan Hartley returns for Saints’ after seven weeks out with a concussion
Northampton star prop Kieran Brookes is set for an extended spell on the sidelines after undergoing knee surgery last Thursday, Saints boss Jim Mallinder has revealed.

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Since arriving from Newcastle Falcons, the summer signing has been in great form but suffered an injury in last week’s Champions Cup encounter with Racing 92.

“Kieran had a knee op on Thursday. It’s a big blow for us as he’s been playing well all season and will be out for quite a while,” Mallinder said following his side’s shock 25-23 defeat to London Irish on Saturday.

Mallinder did at least have skipper Dylan Hartley back in his starting XV after a seven-week absence following a concussion sustained in the clash with Saracens in early November, lasting 60 minutes before being substituted.

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