Wasps have comfirmed that their new backrow Brad Shields sustained a broken cheekbone during the game against Exeter Chiefs.
Shields’ debut lasted just 45 minutes when he took a heavy head knock in a clash of heads with Stuart Townsend.
The former Hurricanes player was on the turf for a number of minutes before being withdrawn to be replaced by Ashley Johnson.
Having attended hospital on Saturday, it was decided that Shields needs to see a specialist on Monday, to decide whether an operation is necessary.
It is estimated that the England international will be out for three to eight weeks, which is a blow as he seeks to stake a claim in England’s side for the upcoming Autumn internationals.
— Wasps Rugby (@WaspsRugby) September 8, 2018
Wasps lost the match 42-31 at the Ricoh having led 24-21 at half-time thanks to tries from Elliot Daly, Josh Bassett and Hughes, along with a penalty from the impressive Billy Searle. Exeter’s first-half scores came from Santiago Cardero, Sam Simmonds and Henry Slade.
Exeter’s victory came courtesy of three second-half tries, from Simmonds (44th), an impressive intercept and 70-metre run-in by Henry Slade in the 48th minute, with Don Armand wrapping up the victory by rumbling over with the last play of the game.
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