Ospreys flanker Sam Underhill set for four months out due to shoulder operation
Ospreys flanker Sam Underhill is facing four months on the treatment table as he will go under the knife to repair a shoulder injury later this week.
The 20-year-old sustained the joint injury in training and a consultant has deemed surgery the best course of action.
Therefore he will miss the start of the 2016-17 season and could be out until December.
Ospreys' medical performance manager said: " Sam suffered a high grade AC joint injury in training last week, since when he has had scans and we've consulted with a specialist at Spire Cardiff.
"The agreed course of action for Sam is for him to undergo surgery to reconstruct the damaged ligaments. That will take place at the end of the week before he commences a programme of rehabilitation.
"The initial prognosis is that he can expect to be sidelined for a period of around four months."