Wasps rocked by Rees blow
Flanker to miss majority of new season after knee surgery
Last Updated: 24/08/11 4:24pm
Rees: Will miss most of upcoming season
Wasps have suffered a major injury blow ahead of the upcoming Aviva Premiership after Tom Rees was ruled out for most of the campaign with a serious knee injury.
The 26-year-old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the recent pre-season contest with Agen and could be sidelined for as long as nine months after having surgery.
The injury is the latest in a long line of problems that have has blighted Rees' career so far and robs new Wasps boss Dai Young of one of his key players.
"The injury is a huge blow for Tom and everyone at Wasps," Young said.
"We all saw how incredibly hard Tom worked to get back to full fitness from last season's injury so this is desperately disappointing.
"As director of rugby, Tom was someone I had earmarked to have a major impact this season both on and off the pitch and he will be sorely missed. We all wish him the best in his recovery."
Rees was given the club captaincy for the 2009-10 campaign but played only seven games after being forced to undergo surgery on a shoulder problem.
He also missed the second half of last season to have another shoulder reconstruction and will now not feature again until well into the New Year.
Wasps will also be without number eight Dan Ward-Smith, lock Ross Filipo, flanker Joe Worsley and centre Dominic Waldouck when their season starts on September 3 as all four players continue to from various injuries.