Jamie Roberts to miss Cardiff Blues Heineken Cup clash with Leinster
CARDIFF Blues centre Jamie Roberts will miss the rest of the season and Wales' summer tour to Australia after it was decided that he needs to undergo knee surgery.
Roberts originally picked up a knee problem in the Heineken Cup win over Racing Metro in November and suffered another injury to the same knee in Friday's 31-3 defeat against Glasgow and needs surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament.
He will miss this weekend's daunting Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster, with Dafydd Hewitt or Gavin Evans set to deputise.
Gavin Henson would have been a potential replacement but he was sacked by the Blues yesterday for his alcohol-fuelled behaviour on the flight back from Glasgow
A Blues statement read: "Cardiff Blues can confirm that Blues and Wales centre Jamie Roberts will require surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season."
Meanwhile, Ulster s Stephen Ferris is almost certainly out of Ulster’s Heineken Cup showdown with Munster on Saturday at Thomond Park.
The Irish international’s ankle has shown significant muscle and ligament damage.
In an official statement, Ulster declared: “The scan revealed significant damage to Stevie’s left ankle and it is unlikely that he’ll be available for Sunday.”
But, they added:
“That the game is on a Sunday, and therefore provides an extra day of healing, provides some hope but it remains very unlikely.”
The flanker sustained the injury against Aironi last Friday night at Ravenhill.
The 27 year old was replaced in the first half by Willie Faloon, with Chris Henry switching to the blindside.