Wales captain Sam Warburton will have surgery on a fractured cheekbone
The 27-year-old suffered the injury in a clash of heads against Leinster on Saturday
Warburton will have a small plate inserted in his face
Cardiff Blues have confirmed that Wales international flanker and captain Sam Warburton will undergo surgery on a fractured cheekbone.
Warburton suffered the injury in a clash of heads with Josh van der Flier during the 13th minute of Saturday’s 16-13 PRO12 defeat to Leinster.
Following scans and maxillofacial specialist opinion Warburton will have a small plate inserted in his cheekbone. It is estimated he will be out of action for approximately two to four weeks.
Warburton’s injury is believed to be similar to one suffered by Dan Lydiate during the 2016 World Cup.
The Ospreys flanker missed only one match – the 15-6 loss to Australia – before returning to play in the quarter final against South Africa.