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Surgery for Warburton after JVDF clash, flanker hopes to return in time for Wales' November Tests

The Wales captain suffered a fractured cheekbone in the loss to Leinster.

Wales captain Sam Warburton
Wales captain Sam Warburton

CARDIFF BLUES SAY Wales captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out for up to four weeks as he prepares to undergo surgery on a fractured cheekbone.

The flanker sustained the issue in a clash of heads with Josh van der Flier during the 16-13 defeat to Leinster on Saturday, casting doubt over his involvement in Wales’ November Tests.

A statement released by the Blues today confirmed Warburton’s injury and revealed he would undergo a procedure to have a small plate inserted in his cheekbone, with a timeframe of “approximately two to four weeks” placed on his recovery. That period could potentially stretch to covers the Blues’ Pro12 meeting with Scarlets late this month, after the Challenge Cup contests against Bristol and Pau.

Wales kick off their autumn programme against Australia in Cardiff on 5 November, before taking on Argentina, Japan and South Africa at the Principality Stadium.

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