September 12, 2017 / 2:06 PM / 10 months ago

Warburton to miss Wales' autumn internationals with neck injury

(Reuters) - Wales flanker Sam Warburton is unlikely to play again this year after opting to have surgery on a long-standing neck injury, his club Cardiff Blues said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Britain Rugby Union - Gloucester Rugby v Cardiff Blues - European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final - Kingsholm - 1/4/17. Gloucester Rugby's Jonny May in action against Cardiff Blues' Sam Warburton (L). Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra/Livepic/File Photo

Warburton, who captained the British and Irish Lions during their drawn test tour with New Zealand earlier this year, will be out for up to four months, the Pro14 side said in a statement on their website.

“Sam Warburton will undergo surgery following a recurrence of a long-standing neck injury,” the club said. “The Cardiff Blues flanker... exacerbated the injury in training this week.”

Wales play Australia in Cardiff on Nov. 11 in the first of four autumn internationals, before matches against Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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