Australian Rugby
Palu goes under the knife
ESPNscrum Staff
July 28, 2011
Wycliff Palu completes a warm-up stretch at Waratahs training, Moore Park, Sydney, Australia, March 31, 2011
Palu's return would prove to be a huge boost for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans © Getty Images

Wallabies No.8 Wycliff Palu underwent knee surgery on Wednesday and faces a battle to be fit in time for the Rugby World Cup.

Palu - who will sit out the Tri-Nations with a cracked shoulder blade - was also struggling with a knee problem which was further aggravated while in camp with the Australian squad.

Despite the surgery, it is believed that Palu will be back in action by the end of August. "It was more an irritant than anything and there was an opportunity to (have the operation) now and get it done," Palu told the AAP.

Palu has had a wretched injury record in recent times and played just six matches for the Waratahs in this year's Super Rugby competition. It is believed the 29-year-old back-row could line up for the Australian Barbarians against Canada on August 26. If he does complete his comeback, the news will come as a huge boost for Wallabies coach Robbie Deans who lost Western Force No.8 Richard Brown on Wednesday due to a shoulder injury.

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