Harlequins suffer blow as Nick Evans ruled out

Harlequins have suffered a blow with the news the their star fly-half Nick Evans has been ruled out for four weeks due to injury.

Thirty-year-old Evans had been passed fit for Saturday’s 15-9 defeat at London Irish following a thigh injury but broke his hand in a training ground accident.

Evans has been enjoying a rich vein of form lately and has often been called the Premiership’s best flyhalf and his form has largely kept Harlequins in the hunt for silverware.

Director of rugby Conor O’Shea says that Harlequins title aspirations will be safe in the hands of understudy Rory Clegg.

“Nick injured his hand diving to keep a ball in play during a game of touch rugby league in training. These things happen,” he said.

“Rory nearly constructed the win for us against London Irish and kicked all his penalties.”

“He was fantastic against Sale, so I’ve got no problem with him,” he told the Local Guardian.

“A start is what he has wanted for a while. It looks like he’s got it and it is up to him to take it. It is his turn to steer the ship.”

Harlequins were already struggling with losing players on international duty and injuries to Karl Dickson, George Robson, Sam Smith, Gonzalo Comacho and Tom Guest.

“Resources are stretched, but we are happy with our squad and it will carry us through.” added O’Shea.

Full-back Mike Brown who has returned from a a spell with the England Saxons said that this Friday’s match against Newcastle is critical.

“We want to get back into the top four and if we lose on Friday we’ll be struggling to do that,” he added.

“It is not good enough to say we’ve had injuries and people missing through international. There are no excuses.

“If we want to be top four, everyone has to step up and prove we have the squad to do it.”

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