Originally posted by Sky Sports
Andy Farrell's rugby union career will be put on hold for at least another eight weeks after undergoing surgery on a back injury.
The former Great Britain rugby league skipper, who is still waiting to make his Saracens debut six months after switching codes, suffered a prolapsed disc as a result of a car accident.
It is another setback for the 30-year-old after he arrived at the London club nursing a toe injury that eventually required an operation.
Farrell was a passenger in the car and initially the accident caused no distress.
But at the team's next training session on Thursday morning his back felt stiff in the warm-up. Subsequent scans diagnosed a prolapsed disc and it will require keyhole surgery.
Saracens chief executive Mark Sinderberry said: "It's terrible luck for Andy - particularly as this injury hasn't been picked on the rugby field.
"In a year in which Andy has suffered some very bad luck, this is a cruel blow to suffer such an injury away from the pitch - especially coming when he was nearing a return to full fitness. We wish him a speedy recovery."
This bloe is nowt more than a joke. To think Sarries could have bought a decent player with that Â£100,000 their paying him each year for sitting on his arse.