Rob Webber, the new signing by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club Bath Rugby could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, at least till the New Year after he underwent a second surgery on his shoulder that has already seen him missing from action since the beginning of March, 2012.
The hooker, who is the only player from the England Elite Player Squad to be a part of the lineup at Bath, is among a handful of international players who will not be available for their Premiership opener against Worcester Rugby on the 1st of September.
And what is more concerning for the coaching staff at the club is that his injury is a long term concern. The 26 year old hooker made 109 appearances for fellow Aviva Premiership side the London Wasps before he sealed a move to The Rec, and he injured himself during the Six Nations match between England and France having torn his rotator cuff muscle.
When he joined with the squad at Bath Rugby, Webber stated that he didn’t expect his shoulder injury to be that much of an issue when the side starts its Aviva Premiership campaign but his hopes of being fully fit for the first match of the new season have been dashed. Mike Ford, the first team coach of the club stated that this second operation for Webber isn’t too much of a concern with fringe players ready to take up his role during his absence.
Ford also added that Bath Rugby also have a few other concerns with injury but that is not letting down their concentration and the team is looking forward to getting off to a flyer with a win against Worcester Rugby, which they know will not be an easy opponent. Ford mentioned that the place was buzzing with anticipation already.