Jonny Wilkinson’s nightmare run with injuries continued when he was ruled out of Newcastle’s Premiership match against Gloucester with a repeat of a thigh muscle problem.
Wilkinson now seems certain to miss the whole of the Six Nations for the third straight year.
The flyhalf tore his adductor muscle in January and only recently returned to full fitness. Although he was among the replacements for Newcastle’s 9-6 victory over London Irish on Saturday, he didn’t get on the field.
Newcastle’s director of rugby Rob Andrew said Wilkinson has an acute injury to his right adductor and pulled out of training for Sunday’s game.
“This is an unfortunate setback, and is in the hands of the medics, who will continually monitor the situation,” Andrew said.
Wilkinson’s career has been stymied since the World Cup because of injuries to his neck, shoulder, biceps and knees. He was also sidelined while his appendix was removed and, in November, needed hernia surgery.
He played on the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in June and July, but was out of form largely because of a lack of practice leading up to the 3-0 series defeat.