Rees 'gutted' at injury blow

Wasps and England ace facing eight weeks on the sidelines

Last Updated: 06/01/09 8:39pm

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Rees: Sidelined

Rees: Sidelined

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Flanker Tom Rees looks set to miss the majority of England's RBS Six Nations campaign after tearing a medial ligament in his knee.

The Wasps ace suffered the injury against Harlequins on Sunday and could now face up to eight weeks on the sidelines.

That would rule him out of England's first three matches of the Six Nations - and leave him with a race against time to make the British and Irish Lions squad.

Rees, who impressed during the autumn internationals, told the Daily Telegraph: "I've been here before with this type of injury so I know the score.

"It's the same thing all over again. My knee got forced inwards and I felt a little pop. I'm looking at six to eight weeks. It's a sickener."

The injury is a blow to Wasps as well, who had just begun to turn their season around in the league and Europe.

And with Leinster set to arrive at Twickenham for a make-or-break Heineken Cup clash, Rees is disappointed to miss out.

"It is gutting given that we've got a big few weeks coming up," Rees said.

"I'll just have to get on with things."

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