British & Irish Lions head of medicine Dr Eanna Falvey has revealed Robbie Henshaw is set to miss the start of next season having undergone surgery on Monday.
Henshaw — who has returned to Ireland — tore his pectoral muscle off the bone as the Lions drew 31-31 with the Hurricanes in their final mid-week game last Tuesday.
As a result, Henshaw is set to be out of action for up to four months.
“That was a pretty significant injury,” Falvey told reporters in Queenstown — where the Lions are regrouping ahead of the series deciding Test against the All Blacks on Saturday.
“He’s completely avulsed the muscle from the bone which requires to be re-attached to the bone.
“That’s usually about a 16-week recovery. He may do slightly better, but that’s probably what we’re looking at.”
The prognosis would see Henshaw not return to rugby until early November, meaning the Ireland midfielder would miss the start of Leinster’s Champions Cup campaign.
Injured Lions centre Robbie Henshaw (left) walks off the field with Finn Russell. Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images
Meanwhile Jared Payne is all but ruled out of the selection equation for Warren Gatland heading into Saturday’s clash at Eden Park.
Payne’s suffering from migraines having recovered fully from a bang to the head in the Lions mid-week game against the Chiefs a fortnight ago.
“Jared is undergoing some tests independent of concussion at the moment, he’s had migraines,” Falvey said.
“The specialist who saw him in Wellington is quite happy with him. We have a couple more minor tests to do which are still outstanding, that will give us more idea of when he’ll (return).”
Source Article from http://www.espn.co.uk/rugby/story/_/id/19806728/british-irish-lions-robbie-henshaw-set-four-month-injury-lay-jared-payne-suffering-headaches
Henshaw out for 4 months, Payne migraines
www.espn.co.uk – RUGBY