Elbow blow for Lawes
England lock has operation following pre-season setback
Last Updated: July 18, 2012 9:12am
Courtney Lawes: Has had an operation on his elbow
Northampton Saints remain hopeful Courtney Lawes will be fit for the start of the new season despite the England lock suffering a new setback.
Lawes last played for the Saints back in February, with international commitments and then injury ruling him out.
The 23-year-old first picked up a knee problem during England's RBS Six Nations campaign, while he then was sidelined with a shin injury.
However Lawes has now been forced to have an operation on his elbow after suffering the latest setback during pre-season training.
Lawes now faces a race to be fit in time for the season-opener against Gloucester on September 1.
A club spokesperson told the Northampton Chronicle and Echo: "Courtney has had an operation on an elbow injury and is rehabbing well."