Northampton Saints back row James Haskell's chances of making an England comeback has been dealt another blow after undergoing a surgery on his ankle.
The 33-year-old last played for England in March during the Six Nations tournament and has been left out of the squad for the ongoing autumn internationals.
The surgery will keep Haskell on the sidelines for between six to 10 weeks which will give him less time to impress England head coach Eddie Jones ahead of next year's Six Nations tournament.
Northampton director of rugby Chris Boyd expressed disappointment on the news and is hoping for Haskell to make a speedy recovery.
"We’re disappointed to lose James, but we know he’ll rehab diligently and do everything he can to get back on the training field as soon as possible."
Haskell's injury is another major setback for the Saints as they already lost the services of Andy Symons and Harry Mallinder for the remainder of the season while Ken Pisi will be out of action until February due to a shoulder problem.
Northampton Saints are currently positioned ninth in the Gallagher Premiership table with two wins from six games.