STATEMENT: Saracens reveal the extent of Owen Farrell injury blow - Ruck

STATEMENT: Saracens reveal the extent of Owen Farrell injury blow

Saracens’ talismanic figure Owen Farrell faces an extended spell on the sidelines due to a nagging hamstring setback, dealing a blow to the club’s ambitions during a pivotal phase of their campaign.

The revered flyhalf, renowned for his prowess on the field, is poised to sit out a crucial fixture in Saturday’s European Champions Cup last-16 clash against Bordeaux-Begles. His absence comes on the heels of a disappointing English Premiership defeat to Northampton, where the injury initially struck.

In an update released on Friday, Saracens disclosed that the 32-year-old, England’s all-time leading points scorer, is nursing a “minor hamstring injury” that will keep him out of action for the foreseeable weeks. This prognosis casts a shadow over his availability for the upcoming Champions Cup quarterfinals, should Saracens advance to that stage of the competition.

The timing of this setback is particularly poignant as it could mark Farrell’s final appearance in the prestigious tournament for Saracens.

With a move to Racing 92 on the horizon at the end of the season, the club captain’s absence could signify the end of an era, having played an instrumental role in Saracens’ triumphant quest for European glory on three separate occasions.

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