Alex Corbisiero Injury: Updates on England Rugby Star's Knee, Likely Return Date

Tim KeeneyContributor INovember 12, 2013

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 07: Alex Corbisiero passes the ball during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 7, 2013 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
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Updates From Thursday, Nov. 14:

Tom Vickers of The Northamptonshire Telegraph reports that Corbisiero is undergoing knee surgery:

Dorian West has revealed that Alex Corbisiero will have an operation on his injured knee.

And the Saints forwards coach does not know when the loosehead prop is expected to return to action.

Corbisiero was set to start for England against New Zealand this weekend, but was forced to withdraw after injuring his knee in training on Tuesday.

It is not a recurrence of the problem that kept him out of the Six Nations last season, but it will require surgery.

“I think he’s having a cartillage operation and it’s his good knee as such that he’s having it on this time,” said West. “Hopefully they’ll tidy it up.

“He’ll work hard. He’s a good player, he’s a bright lad, he knows what he needs to do to get himself back into the right shape to play and I’m sure he’ll do that quicker than people expect.”

“You never know with things like that,” said West when asked for Corbisiero’s expected return date. “It depends what they’ve done to him, what the recovery time is and what rehab he can do.

“There’s lots of different issues but he’s surrounded by good people and he’ll be back as soon as possible.”