Ben Foden’s World Cup dream looks to be in tatters after the Saints full-back was ruled out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury.
Foden will be forced to undergo surgery after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the 12th minute of the 20-9 Champions Cup win at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.
Saints boss Jim Mallinder had initially been hopeful of a swift return, saying “hopefully he’ll be back this week.”
But Foden was sent for a scan on Monday and given the bad news, with the 29-year-old later tweeting: “So today is suppose to be the most depressing day of the year.........? #YouDontSay.”
It means Foden, who has 34 England caps to his name, will have limited recovery time before the World Cup starts in September.
And with the Saints star already behind Harlequins man Mike Brown in the pecking order, it will be a tough ask for Foden to stake his claim.
After the news was announced, he tweeted: “Thanks for the support, not gonna lie its a hard pill to swallow. I guess it’s the nature of the beast #gutted #shouldhavekickedit #onwards.”