Northampton Saints
Saints star North ruled out for a month following head injury
ESPN staff
April 2, 2015
George North was knocked out as he touched down for Northampton' second try
George North was knocked out as he touched down for Northampton' second try© Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Northampton Saints star George North has been ruled out until the end of April, the club has announced.

North was forced off in the first-half of last Friday's Aviva Premiership match against Wasps after suffering a bang to the head, his third in eight weeks.

The Wales star twice suffered blows to the head during the opening Six Nations clash with England in Cardiff. He had already been ruled out of Saturday's European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at Clermont Auvergne.

A club statement read:"North saw a neurologist on Wednesday (April 1), who has advised that the winger take a month away from playing rugby before being re-assessed at the end of April.

"North will continue to be monitored by the Saints' medical team in the intervening period. He will not participate in on-field training, but will continue to contribute in other areas and maintain his work with the club's performance department."

Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder added: "We have listened to the advice we sought and George will be taking some time away from the field.

"Throughout this process it is important that George's welfare comes first and that he is treated patiently and calmly, only returning to action when all of the medical team are happy for him to do so."

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