April 19, 2018 / 4:39 PM / in 6 months

Injured Joseph set to miss South Africa tour

LONDON (Reuters) - England centre Jonathan Joseph is set to miss their three test tour of South Africa in June after being ruled out for the rest of the Premiership season due to injury on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - England vs Wales - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - February 10, 2018 England’s Jonathan Joseph in action Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs/File Photo

The 26-year-old hurt his left ankle during the first half of Bath’s 41-6 defeat to Saracens on Sunday and needed crutches to leave the field before his foot was put into a protective boot.

“JJ is going to need surgery to correct his injury. He will then need a lengthy period of time to rehabilitate,” Bath’s Director of Rugby Todd Blackadder told the club website.

“Our medical team will work closely with him to ensure we get him back on the pitch as soon as possible.”

England start the tour against the Springboks in Johannesburg on June 9 and Joseph, capped 40 times, had been due to play a prominent role.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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