England and Gloucester lose May for the season

Jonny May has been ruled out for the season

England’s Rugby World Cup winger Jonny May will miss the 2016 Six Nations and the rest of the season after sustaining an injury playing for Gloucester.

Twenty-five-year-old May suffered the injury playing in last month’s Aviva Premiership draw with Harlequins at Twickenham.

While its not certain that he would have been selected by new coach Eddie Jones he was part of England’s World Cup squad and has won 19 caps for his country.

“Following an operation on his left knee on Tuesday, Jonny May will be ruled out of the remainder of the campaign,” said his  club Gloucester in a statement.

Gloucester’s Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that the injury was “significant” but would not disclose the details of the injury that May had suffered.

“He had surgery on Tuesday, the operation went well,” Humphreys told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

“It’s very difficult to put a timeline on any knee injury. It’s a disappointing end to the 12 months for Jonny, both at club and international level.”

The loss of May is another blow for new England head coach Eddie Jones as it comes after the losses of Leicester lock Ed Slater and Bath forward Dave Attwood earlier this week.

Other players who has been lost to injury include Exeter centre Henry Slade and back row Dave Ewers while Northampton prop Kieran Brookes is also expected to be ruled out due to injury.

Humphreys said that he hoped to have May back on the playing field for the start of next season which means that May will almost certainly miss England’s tour of Australia in June.

He was very quick to text me after the operation to tell me he plans to come back fitter and stronger,” added Humphreys.

“Jonny has shown in the past when he has been injured that he will work hard and I have no doubt we will see him back performing and shining in Gloucester colours.”

England begin their Six Nations campaign in Scotland at Murrayfield – just as Stuart Lancaster did four years ago – on the 6th of February.

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