Nigerian-born rugby star, Paolo Odogwu is set to miss a long line of matches for England’s national team in the coming weeks, after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament, megasportsarena.com reports.
The freak injury occurred during action with his team, Wasps Rugby Club in the English League and the versatile back, who could not save his side from losing the game to Northampton Saints, will now see a knee specialist on Friday.
Megasportsarena.com gathered that Odogwu now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines after scans confirmed the injury, after he was forced off during the second half of the game at Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday.
He is the latest Wasps player to suffer a serious knee injury, after his club captain, Joe Launchbury ruptured his ACL in April and is out of this summer’s British and Irish Lions tour.
Fellow-England international, Jack Willis also tore his medial collateral ligament on his Six Nations debut against Italy in February.
An MRI scan revealed a torn ACL and the 24-year-old Odogwu will see a knee specialist on Friday for what officials called ‘assessment and management planning’ of the setback.
It is a major blow for Odogwu, who was named in England’s squad for this year’s Six Nations Rugby Championship and, though he did not feature, he was expected to make his international debut in next month’s Tests against USA and Canada.
Odogwu, who scored nine tries in 15 appearances for Wasps this campaign, admitted: “This is obviously a heart-breaking end to probably the best season of my life.
“But, these things happen. There is a long road ahead, but we move, and of course stay composed.”