Worcester Warriors boss Mike Ruddock has revealed that prop Matt Mullan will miss the Guinness Premiership clash with Saracens as he is set for shoulder surgery.
Warriors Academy product Mullan has made 51 senior appearances for the club and has been an almost ever-present in the front row this campaign with 24 games and one try in the European Challenge Cup.
The 22-year-old was called into the England Saxons squad in January and the former Bromsgrove School pupil has been tipped for international honours in the future by boss Ruddock.
However, Mullan will now sit out the home clash with Saracens and Ruddock revealed he will go under the knife in the coming weeks for surgery on his right shoulder.
"We are hoping that we might be able to get another game out of Matt and he may feature against Brive in the European Challenge Cup," said Ruddock.
"But his injury does require surgical intervention as he has been losing power for some considerable time. It's now got to the point where it has significant impact on his ability to prepare for games and perform in games.
"With that in mind, we have taken the decision to get him operated on, in particular after the European Challenge Cup quarter-final with Brive."