Mike Phillips will undergo surgery to repair damaged knee ligaments
Ospreys scrum half Mike Phillips will play no further part in his side's quest for Heineken glory this season after the region confirmed he will require surgery to repair damaged knee ligaments.
Phillips has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffered a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament and a grade-two tear to the medial collateral ligament during last weekend's EDF Energy Cup semi-final victory over Saracens it was confirmed today.
The Welsh international will undergo surgery next week to repair the damage. It is anticipated that he will make a full recovery and return to action after a six month lay-off.
Ospreys Head Coach Lyn Jones said "This is very disappointing news for both Mike personally and for the Ospreys, particularly coming at a time when both his form and confidence have been high. We wish him well for the operation, and for a speedy recovery, and we look forward to seeing him on the field in Ospreys colours again soon."
Ospreys Physio Chris Towers said: "Mike has damaged two ligaments, causing considerable laxity in the knee. Having seen the specialist yesterday, the opinion is that the treatment of choice is for him is to undergo surgery to repair both ligaments in order to ensure the best functional outcome.
"After his operation he'll be looking at a six month rehabilitation period, which means that hopefully we'll be seeing him back in action by October."
"The injury happened when he received an impact to the outside of his right knee. He wanted to stay on and continue playing, which is an indication that Mike is a pretty tough cookie, but it was clear that there was a problem and our worst fears were confirmed."
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