Thumb injury rules Jack Nowell out of start of Premiership season
England wing Jack Nowell will miss the start of the Aviva Premiership season following a thumb operation.
Nowell underwent surgery a fortnight ago and his club Exeter Chiefs fear that the 23-year-old could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.
That time frame would give little time for Cornishman Nowell to recover ahead of the Chiefs' first European Champions Cup game on the weekend of October 14-16.
"Jack Nowell is out after an operation on an injured thumb so he is going to be out for a while," Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter told the official club website.
"It is potentially something like an eight-to-10 week injury."
Nowell featured in all three Tests as England recorded a historic 3-0 series victory in Australia this summer, and started the last two games Down Under.
England's first autumn international is against South Africa at Twickenham on November 12.