May 23, 2018 / 5:17 AM / a year ago

Wasps flanker Willis faces year out with knee injury

Rugby Union - Premiership - Sale Sharks vs Wasps - AJ Bell Stadium, Sale, Britain - April 6, 2018 Wasps' Jack Willis in action during a scrum Action Images/Craig Brough

(Reuters) - Wasps flanker Jack Willis could be out for up to 12 months after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday’s Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens, his club announced on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old, who was called up by England head coach Eddie Jones for next month’s three-test tour of South Africa, now faces a race to be fit for next year’s World Cup in Japan.

"Following consultation with a specialist, it has been determined that Jack Willis sustained a significant multi-ligament injury to his right knee," Wasps said in a statement on their website here

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

Willis left the pitch in the first half of Wasps’ 57-33 defeat at the Allianz Park on Saturday after he collided with Saracens flyhalf Owen Farrell.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by John O'Brien

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