LONDON - Wasps wing Christian Wade has added to England's injury woes after the Premiership club announced the flyer would be out of action for up to six months with a foot injury.
England coach Stuart Lancaster had wanted to field rising star Wade, capped once when he made his Test debut on tour against Argentina in June, during last month's internationals at Twickenham.
But the 22-year-old was ruled out with a variety of injury problems and he will now miss the Six Nations Championship, which starts in February.
Wade, who suffered the injury in last weekend's match against London Irish, will undergo surgery to repair "significant ligament damage to his mid-foot area", a Wasps statement added.
"It is devastating news for both the player and the club," Wasps boss Dai Young said.
"Christian was hugely unlucky to miss out on being capped this Autumn (November) with England and he had hoped to push on and put in some good performances for Wasps to get him in contention for Six Nations selection.
"It is a huge blow for him but he is a young player with a huge future."