Gopperth facing up to nine months out after knee surgery

Former Leinster player sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

Jimmy Gopperth of Wasps. Photograph: Clive Mason/Getty Images

 

Wasps have confirmed outhalf Jimmy Gopperth will miss most of the upcoming Gallagher Premiership campaign following knee surgery.

The 35-year-old former Leinster player sustained a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury during the pre-season defeat in Connacht and is expected to be sidelined for up to nine months.

“Jimmy Gopperth has undergone an ACL reconstruction following an injury sustained in Connacht. Estimated absence – six to nine months,” said Wasps in an injury update.

New Zealand-born Gopperth’s setback has left Wasps short of outhalves as Danny Cipriani moved on to Gloucester earlier this summer.

Former All Blacks and Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga has joined the London club for the 2018-19 season, but does not arrive until next week.

Billy Searle (22), who arrived from Bristol in May, started in the No 10 role in Saturday’s friendly win against Ulster.

Wasps director of rugby David Young confirmed the club will also be without prop Jake Cooper-Woolley and hooker TJ Harris for up to two months after their respective bicep muscle injuries required surgery.

Wasps launch their Premiership campaign at Worcester on Saturday.

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