Wales and Northampton winger George North will have a scan on his injured knee today to find out if the injury will keep him out of Wales’ upcoming autumn international series, which kicks-off against Australia on November 11, report Wales Online.
The 76 cap star who has made a fine start to the season, had to leave the field after only 25 minutes after injuring his left knee during his side’s 57-13 home Champions Cup walloping at the hands of reigning European champions Saracens yesterday.
25-year-old North who has been unfortunate with injuries in the last couple of years, took a heavy knock to his leg when carrying the ball into Saracens’ 22. The powerful 6ft 4in, 17st North Walian tried to continue after receiving treatment but collapsed on the ground in pain whilst running unopposed down the right wing.
Wales coach Warren Gatland will be hoping that the experienced back’s latest injury is not too serious and that he will be available for a tough autumn series which sees Wales take on Australia, Georgia, New Zealand and South Africa.
Speaking about the injury to the Northampton Chronicle, a concerned Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder had this to say,
“After seeing George after the game, he’s not sure (how serious the injury is).
“He’ll go and have a scan on it and it’s one of those where fingers crossed it’s not too bad”.
After a couple of generally poor seasons by his lofty standards, which has seen him suffer a string of worrying concussions, North who has scored an outstanding 30 tries for his country since his international debut in 2010, has shown signs of a return to his devastating best.
With his international spot under serious pressure from Scarlets’ in-form Steff Evans, the two-time British and Irish Lion has touched down three times this season and looked sharp and hungry in a Northampton side which has made an impressive start to the season.
North’s injury will be a big concern to Warren Gatland, with flanker Sam Warburton already ruled out of the series and scrum-half Rhys Webb suffering an injury during his side’s 21-26 defeat to Clermont yesterday.
Webb’s Ospreys teammate and Wales squad member Dan Baker also picked up an injury, to add to Gatland’s concerns ahead of next month, with abrasive flanker Ross Moriarty who has yet to play this season, another doubt for November.