Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond has confirmed that injured second-row Josh Beaumont is facing three months on the sidelines.
Beaumont was forced off during Friday’s Premiership defeat to Harlequins and the Sale boss has revealed that he’s out until after Christmas.
With centres Will Addison and Johnny Leota also sidelined through injury, the Sharks boss confirmed he is actively looking to bolster the squad by bringing in both a new lock and a centre in the coming weeks.
“The negative of last weekend apart from the result was that Josh snapped his bicep tendon and will be out for three months,” Diamond said.
“It is a blow as Josh had been playing really well and had adapted brilliantly to playing in the second row.
“He’s had a few injury setbacks but he’s only 23 and he’s still a young lad. He’s getting all the support he needs from us and all the support he needs from his family and I’m sure that he will come back bigger and stronger.
“With Josh getting injured we’re out in the market for a world-class lock and with Johnny Leota and Will Addison out we are also in the market for a world-class centre.”
“The message has gone out to agents that whether it is a short-term deal for three months or a long-term agreement for three years we are actively in the market for players in those two positions,” he added.
“Both Faf De Klerk and James O’Connor are assisting us in that search as they know people in South Africa and Australia respectively and they know of people in the Super Rugby fraternity who we may have missed out.
“So they are helping out at the minute trying to find those players for us.”