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
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.
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.