Wales flanker Dan Lydiate facing three months on sidelines with shoulder injury

Dan Lydiate in action for Wales

Wales forward Dan Lydiate will have surgery this weekend on the shoulder injury that ruled him out of Wales’ tour of New Zealand.

The Ospreys flanker suffered the injury while captaining his country in defeat against England at Twickenham last weekend.

As a result, the 28-year-old had to skip Wales’ summer commitments and is now looking at three months on the sidelines.

Ospreys physio Anthony Carter said: “Dan sustained a significant injury to the AC joint in his right shoulder, caused by an impact during the England game on Sunday

“He’s been seen by Richard Evans, shoulder specialist at Spire Cardiff, who confirmed that the shoulder requires stabilisation via surgery, after which there is an expected rehab period of 12-14 weeks.” 

Ellis Jenkins was called up to replace Lydiate earlier in the week. Wales were already without wing Alex Cuthbert and flanker Justin Tipuric through injuries for the New Zealand tour, while Sam Warburton is recovering from a shoulder injury that sidelined him last weekend.

Warburton, though, is expected to be fit for the opening Test against New Zealand in Auckland on June 11.

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