England and Sale Sharks flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the upcoming Six Nations tournament following a hip injury.
The 25-year-old sustained the injury during the warm-up for Saturday's Premiership victory over Harlequins and now will require a surgery.
Curry was part of England's recently concluded Rugby World Cup campaign during which he won his 50th Test cap but hasn't played for his club Sale Sharks since his return from France.
Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson said Curry could be potentially ruled out for the remainder of the season.
“This is the only option,” Sanderson said.
“Tom has been back down to London to have further extensive X-rays under movement with a different consultant and this is the best thing for him in the short term.
“I know it sounds long-term - the season - but it’s not. He’s still a young lad and it’s the best thing for him in the short term to ensure he’s able to be more robust moving forward and to train and progress his game the way he wants to.
“He has just got some wear and tear issues around his socket and a little bone that needs shaving off and cleaning up.
“My understanding is there are three procedures you can have on your hip of this nature. One is this, which is the least invasive. Then you can have a metal resurfacing and then you can have a hip replacement, so I guess this is the better of lesser evils.”