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Young Wasps star ruled out for up to a year after receiving first England call-up

Jack Willis sustained significant multi-ligament knee damage during Saturday’s defeat to Saracens.

Jack Willis is helped off during Wasps' defeat to Saracens.
Jack Willis is helped off during Wasps' defeat to Saracens.

WASPS FLANKER JACK Willis could be out for a year after suffering a serious knee injury during their Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens.

Willis was helped off after doing damage late in the first half of a 57-33 victory for Sarries at Allianz Park on Saturday.

The uncapped 21-year-old back-row was due to tour South Africa with England next month, but he now faces a long spell out of the game.

Wasps revealed in a statement: “Following consultation with a specialist, it has been determined that Jack Willis sustained a significant multi-ligament injury to his right knee during last Saturday’s Aviva Premiership semi-final.

“This includes a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). The injury is expected to keep him out of action for a period between nine and 12 months.”

Willis’ injury setback will leave him little time to force his way into Eddie Jones’ squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

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