Worcester Warriors suffer double injury blow

Worcester Warriors battle to avoid Guinness Premiership relegation took another blow when Matt Mullan and Miles Benjamin werre ruled out for the rest of the season.

Both players need shoulder surgery which means that neither will be able to take part in the Sixways side’s battle for survival in the Guinness Premiership.

Warriors are currently at the bottom of the Premiership table but have four games left to save their place in the Premiership starting with the visit of London Irish on Saturday.

Adding to their worries full-back Chris Pennell faces at least two weeks on the sidelines with the fractured jaw sustained in the 17-3 loss at Sale Sharks.

Mullan played in the Six Nations for Italy and had surgery on both shoulders at the end of last season but this time his left which requires attention this time.

Benjamin picked up his injury in the defeat to Leicester Tigers and the England Saxons star failed a fitness test ahead of the Sale match.

“For Matt in particular, and hopefully for Miles as well, next season is a massive one with the World Cup at the end of it” Director of rugby Mike Ruddock told Worcester News.

“Matt knows he’s got to get it sorted now and get his strength back. That gives him every chance of trying to be a candidate for the World Cup and I fully expect him to be there.

“It’s a shame because I know after winning his first international cap he was ear-marked to go on the summer tour to Australia but that won’t happen now.

“The key thing with both those guys is we’ll have them fit and raring to go for the start of next season.”

Ruddock is hoping that props Adam and Callum Black winger Marcel Garvey and utility back Rico Gear will be available to provide cover.

“This is a huge collision-based sport and there’s no team in the league who is going to go through the season without people being operated on or missing games for long periods. That’s why you try to develop a squad.

“When you look at the quality of guys we’ve got then there’s no reason why we can’t keep a high level of performance going.”

The first test of that comes against a London Irish side beaten 33-22 at Wasps last time out.

Ruddock said: “We’ve beaten them already at home in the LV= Cup and we’ve drawn at the Madejski. It’s up to us to make sure we get that level of performance.”

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