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Mon Apr 21 14:12:23 SAST 2014

Moody hit by fresh injury blow

Sapa-AFP | 09 December, 2011 09:100 Comments
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Bath forward Lewis Moody leaves the field with an injury during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Bath at Sixways Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Worcester, England
Image by: Stu Forster / Getty Images

Former England captain Lewis Moody could be out of action for up to 12 weeks after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Bath flanker Moody, 33, suffered the injury during the 16-7 English Premiership defeat by Worcester on November 25.

Moody, who retired from tests following England’s lacklustre World Cup campaign where he was subsequently criticised for poor leadership and failing to stamp out a drinking culture, has been beset by injury problems since moving to Bath last year.

Eye and knee injuries have limited him to just 13 league appearances and four in the European Cup for the west country club following his move from Leicester.

“I’m just gutted for the player himself,” Bath assistant coach Brad Davis told BBC Radio Bristol.

“He came back enthusiastic in training but I’m sure he’s going to give loads off the field now to keep himself occupied.

“It’s disappointing but what can you do? He’s always played the game that way, he’s always going to pick up knocks.”  

Bath will have flanker Francois Louw and fly-half Stephen Donald available for Sunday’s European Cup clash with holders Leinster.

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