By Ali Stokes
Exeter Chiefs' fan favourite wing Olly Woodburn is set for an extended period away from the rugby field following a broken jaw suffered against Leicester Tigers last weekend. Woodburn has already undergone surgery.
Exeter's Director of Rugby Rob Baxter said: “Olly is going to be out for a little while. He had a facial injury and has had an operation already on his face and jaw,” said director of rugby Baxter.
“He is going to be out for a little while. I can’t say too much on timings because these things are very changeable, but he is going to be out for at least a few weeks.
“It looks like it is likely to be weeks – at this stage we are not looking at anything ridiculously serious. We are hoping this will sort itself out quite quickly.”
The former Bath man has been setting both the turf and scoreboard alight wince arriving at Exeter three seasons ago but will find himself competing with international trio Jack Nowell (England and Lions), Santiago Cordero (Argentina) and Alex Cuthbert (Wales and Lions) when game fit.
Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter will also find himself blessed with the competition of Academy product Max Bodily and James Short. Short, in particular, has impressed immensely since arriving in Exeter and will find himself on level pegging with the aforementioned Test trio. Exeter continue their Premiership campaign this weekend in their away fixture against Coventry-based side Wasps, who also kicked off their season with a victory, against Worcester Warriors.
The Chiefs are also set to be without Wallaby scrum-half Nic White, who left the field last Saturday in the 58th minute with a foot injury. However, a full diagnoses is yet to be reported.
“Nic White is hobbling on his foot at the moment. It is a bit too early to say how that is,” Baxter explained.
“He has a pretty sore foot so we will assess it as he goes along. We’re not sure where he is (fitness-wise) yet.”
Other Exeter injuries include: Dave Dennis, Jonny Hill, Jack Nowell, Ben Moon and Dave Ewers.
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