Warriors rising star Chris Pennell's season looks to be over after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage while running on the training ground.
The 19-year-old full-back was scheduled for surgery today (Monday) to repair his left knee after the freak setback.
"I've put a dartboard up in my room, so I'm going to be pretty good at it by the time I come back," he joked before the operation.
The Academy player had been pushing for a place in the first team squad, following some eye-opening performances for the A team this season.
"There are coping strategies that we'll be able to put in place for him to remain positive," says academy manager Andrew Stanley. "It was unfortunate for Chris. There's no good time to get injured but he was in a rich vein of form. He's a strong character and we'll help him the best way we can."
There were words of encouragement, too, from full-back Thinus Delport, who knows from experience how tough the road to recovery can be.
"It's not as bad as I did my knee but, unfortunately, as he did the ACL he has to go for an operation. He just needs to take his time and make sure that he fully rehabilitates his knee before he gets going again."
Warriors youngster Ben Howard starred for England Under 20s last night as they defeated New Zealand 33-21 to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship final for the fourth time in six years.
Worcester wing Ben Howard has been named in the England Under 20s team to take on New Zealand in the semi-final of the IRB Junior World Championship in Vannes, France, on Tuesday June 18, kick off 1945 (GMT).
The Warriors Community team have been busy working with people across Worcestershire over the last year and have been given the perfect reward for their efforts after being nominated for a top prize at the All Parliamentary Premiership Rugby Community Awards 2013.
The Worcester Warriors Community department joined forces with Stourport Rugby Club on Tuesday to welcome nearly 90 children from local primary schools to a tag rugby tournament supported by the Aviva Premiership Rugby Schools Programme.
Ben Howard scored two tries as England Under 20s stormed to a record-breaking 109-0 victory over USA to book their place in the IRB Junior World Championship semi-finals alongside South Africa, New Zealand and Wales.
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England Under 20s - who included Worcester wing Ben Howard - fell agonisingly short against world champions South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship, losing 31-24 in La Roche-sur-Yon on Sunday.