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
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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.
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.