Cornell du Preez went to the hospital after sustaining a worrying blow to his throat in Worcester Warriors’ 21-20 defeat to Wasps at Sixways.
The Scotland international, making his competitive debut for Warriors after joining from Edinburgsecond-halfcond half substitute but lasted just five minutes.
Director of rugby Alan Solomons confirmed du Preez, who joined Worcester from Edinburgh this summer, had fractured his larynx, also known as the voice box.
🚑 Injury updates from Solly:
“Cornell du Preez has a potential fractured larynx after a blow to his throat and could be out for a while.
“Jamie Shillcock had a clean up of his knee this week and is looking at six weeks out.”
— Worcester Warriors ⚔️ (@WorcsWarriors) September 1, 2018
“Cornell was tackled around the throat and they are saying he has got a fractured larynx,” Solomons said.
“I don’t know what happened. I haven’t seen it, but something must have hit him. He is not going to fracture his larynx (without being hit).
“It’s major and that’s the way I understand it. He has gone to hospital.”
Asked whether he was concerned about the injury to du Preez, Solomons replied: “Yes, I am.
“Nobody seemed to pick that (tackle) up but it doesn’t look good to me.