Aviva Premiership
Fraser's injury worse than first feared
ESPN Staff
May 23, 2013
Saracens' Will Fraser does just enough to score a try, Saracens v London Welsh, Aviva Premiership, Allianz Park, London, England, March 3, 2013
Will Fraser has excelled for Saracens this term © PA Photos

Saracens flanker Will Fraser is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a troublesome shoulder injury.

The flanker was injured against Gloucester on April 20 and there were hopes he would be back fit in time for England's summer tour of South America, a trip he seemed destined to take part in after an impressive campaign for Saracens. But injury struck and he sat out their Aviva Premiership and Heineken Cup semi-finals with Saracens crashing out of both competitions at the final four stage.

And the news does not get any better for Fraser with reports suggesting he is set to be out of action until November after ripping a tendon off the bone in his shoulder.

"I was devastated to be honest. Obviously I'd hoped to go on tour to Argentina," said Fraser to the Watford Observer. "And to play the whole year and then miss out on the Heineken Cup semi and the Premiership semi - those are the games you play the whole year to play in so I was devastated to miss them.

"But it's part of the game, it happens, the more you think about it the worse state of mind you get yourself in so you have to get on with it. I got a text off Graham [Rowntree], England coach saying I hadn't been considered for the tour because of the injury but that I'm still very much in the plans going forward and I should just get back playing and keep in touch sort of thing.

"That was nice to hear from him. It would have been great to have gone on tour, it would have been brilliant to get the chance to get my first cap but I've put myself in a good position if not this year then next year. If England's meant to happen it'll happen another time. I don't think I've missed the boat by not going on tour this summer."

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