Wasps back Paolo Odogwu sidelined with cruciate injury

Paolo Odogwu joined Wasps in 2019
Paolo Odogwu joined Wasps in 2019

Wasps back Paolo Odogwu is set to face a lengthy period on the sidelines following his latest injury setback.

Odogwu tore his anterior cruciate ligament during the recently concluded Gallagher Premiership clash against Northampton Saints where he was replaced in the 54th minute.

The 24-year-old had scans to confirm the extent of the injury and now will consult a specialist to assess future course of action.

"This is obviously a heart-breaking end to probably the best season of my life, but these things happen," he told the club's official website.

"There is a long road ahead, but we move, and of course stay composed."

The former England Under 20 international was called up to England's Six Nations squad earlier in the year but did not feature in any of the games. He was among the top contenders to be included in the squad by Eddie Jones for their summer series clashes against USA and Canada but now is set to be out of action for a considerable amount of time.

Odogwu is also the third Wasps player to be out due to injury with skipper Joe Launcbury is sidelined after rupturing his ACL during game against Bath in April that ruled him out of selection for British and Irish Lions' tour of South Africa while Tom Willis is also recovering from a knee injury.

Wasps are positioned eighth in the Gallagher Premiership table with eight wins from 20 games and will face London Irish and Leicester Tigers in the final two games.