Ben Obano is the latest England player to fall victim of a devastating knee injury, as the extent of last week’s incident in England camp has emerged.
Obano suffered severe ligament damage in his left knee and was returned to his club for scans and further assessment.
He now looks set to miss the entirety of the 2017/18 season as a result. According to Bath the prop suffered “multiple ligament and hamstring tendon damage” whilst attending England’s training camp in Brighton.
Last night RugbyPass revealed that Cameron Redpath had also severely damaged his ACL while training with Sale Sharks. Wasps backrow Jack Willis also suffered significant multiple-ligament injury (to his right knee), including a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament, after it came into contact with the head of Owen Farrell at Allianz Park.
Earlier in the year Sam Jones had retire from the game after sustaining a catastrophic ankle injury while in England camp in 2016.
His ankle dislocation caused significant additional damage including a fracture of the fibular bone, disruption of the ligaments joining the main bones of the ankle, a rupture of the medial ligament plus significant damage to ankle cartilage.
Todd Blackadder said: “Beno went for a scan this week and after consulting with the specialist, will undergo surgery to help repair his injury. This will then be followed by a lengthy spell of rehabilitation.
“We are all feeling Beno’s disappointment – it’s been a breakthrough season for him. It’s upsetting to see that he will miss this chance to show his class at an international level, especially on the back of picking up two end of season Club awards. However I am sure he will be back in the frame in the future.
“We know Beno will do everything he can to get back on the pitch and in the blue, black and white as soon as he can. Whilst this type of injury is complex and can lead to a 12 month lay-off, we are investing in our medical team over the off-season and we are focused on getting Beno back as soon as possible.
“In light of Beno’s injury, we are looking for appropriate cover ahead of starting the 18/19 campaign.”
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