Sale Sharks have had more injury woe with news that AJ MacGinty will be out for a lengthy spell.

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The flyhalf originally injured his shoulder while playing for the USA Eagles during the summer, and it had been hoped that he could avoid going under the knife.

But following Marland Yarde’s injury that has ruled him out for the rest of the season and Chris Ashton’s suspension, Sale’s backline has been further decimated by the loss of MacGinty.

He’s now had surgery which will rule him out for 12 weeks.

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Sale Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said: “AJ had an operation last week to avoid any further complications with his injury, His anticipated return will be in around twelve weeks time and the club sends its best wishes to him for a speedy and complete recovery.”

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It’s represents a blow for Sale’s hopes of dragging themselves clear of the lower reaches of the Premiership table, with Diamond’s side currently second from bottom, just two points ahead of Newcastle Falcons.

MacGinty missed Sale’s bonus point 41-24 away win over Perpignan in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, with Kieran Wilkinson in the 10 shirt.

Their next game is against Connacht on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium.

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