Wigan Warriors full back Sam Tomkins will be out of action until Easter, according to the club.
Tomkins, who last played at the end of August for New Zealand Warriors, has been struggling with a knee injury.
The 26 year-old was ruled out of England’s three Test series against New Zealand this month after failing to recover in time.
Now, Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan and the club’s medical team have said that the 2012 Man of Steel will be out until Easter:
“Sam Tomkins was seen by a senior and well-respected Orthopaedic Consultant who recommended surgery to deal with the posterior cruciate ligament injury which Sam suffered while playing for the New Zealand Warriors early last season. The surgery was performed successfully on Friday 5th November and it is anticipated that Sam will make a full recovery.
“However, he will miss the start of the First Utility 2016 Super League Season and Wigan fans can look forward to him returning around the Easter period.”
It would mean Tomkins would miss the Cherry and Whites’ first six Super League matches of the season but he could return in time for the local derby against St Helens.
Wigan face their arch rivals at Langtree Park on March 25th before taking on Hull KR at the DW Stadium three days later.