Bath’s defeat to Worcester last month was a bad enough experience for the West Country side without having to deal with further loss as a result of it. News emerged this week regarding Lewis Moody’s shoulder injury that he sustained in the match and it does not look good for the former England man.

Moody will be out for 12 weeks after undergoing surgery on his injured shoulder. This latest blow is only one in a string of injuries since Moody moved to Bath last season. In that time he has made just 13 league and four European appearances as a result of knee and eye injuries as well as his involvement in England’s World Cup campaign.

Since returning from the World Cup the former England skipper had made just 2 appearances prior to the Worcester game. And to be ruled out for such a period in just his third game back will come as a major blow to both Moody and to Bath. Moody was looking to give his career a reboot following his retirement from the international game and this injury will not help his cause.

Having spent big money on a player of Moody’s calibre the Bath management were clearly hoping to gain a player who could still make an impact and the financial risk appears to have not paid off. When Moody does return in early March who knows how long it will be before his next injury blow. He has long since been seen as a high risk player injury wise and this latest blow will do nothing to stifle that talk.

Having already retired from international rugby and having won everything there is to win in rugby it is possible he may not be around for much longer. He will return from this set back but it is possible this may be the last return from long term injury he can make himself go through, it is a mentally sapping process and when you have nothing left to prove is it really worth while?

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