London Irish ace Thompstone goes in for operationBy Alan Manicom
October 05, 2009
Adam Thompstone will undergo surgery today after suffering a double fracture and ankle dislocation to his left leg in London Irish’s 11-8 win at Sale Sharks on Friday.
The 22-year-old right wing is expected to be out of action for at least four months.
It is a bitter blow for Exiles, who begin their Heineken Cup campaign with a tough clash at holders Leinster in Dublin on Friday.
Coach Toby Booth's men are already without England full back Delon Armitage for the next few months due to a shoulder problem, while utility back Peter Richards is set to receive a ban following his dismissal in the final minutes of the club's Guinness Premiership win at Edgeley Park.
Richards is set to face an RFU disciplinary panel this week following his red card for swinging an arm and catching Sale hooker Neil Briggs in the face.
Thompstone’s injury is similar to the one suffered by Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani in May last year, but Irish are hoping that his condition is less serious.
Cipriani, who ironically used to go to school with Thompstone, made a quicker than expected recovery, but was still sidelined for four-and-a-half months.