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Lydiate having surgery

Dan Lydiate playing for Wales
Lydiate has become an integral part of the Wales side over recent years Credit: David Davies / PA Archive

Dragons and Wales flanker Dan Lydiate will have surgery today, after breaking his left ankle while playing for the region on Friday night. The 24-year-old had to be helped from the pitch at Rodney Parade just three minutes into the game against Edinburgh.

He is certain to miss his country's autumn internationals. Wales play Argentina, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia on successive weekends in November and early December.

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Messages of support for injured Lydiate

Wales teammates George North and Jamie Roberts have been among those using Twitter to send messages of support to Dan Lydiate, who looks set to miss his country's autumn internationals after breaking his ankle while playing for the Dragons.

Roberts also sent his best wishes to Blues teammate Jason Tovey, who went off injured during his first start for the region last night.

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Phone has been broken all day and won't get fixed till Monday:( just heard about @dan_lydiate injury.. Gutted man heal fast:) #farmergenes

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Just want to thank everyone for there kind messages much appreciated #upsanddownsofrugby

Lydiate faces months out

Dan Lydiate
Lydiate was named as the RBS Player of the Championship for this season’s Six Nations Credit: RBS 6 Nations

Wales flanker Dan Lydiate faces months on the sidelines after breaking his left ankle while playing for the Dragons this evening. The 24-year-old was helped from the pitch at Rodney Parade during this evening's game against Edinburgh.

Lydiate, who's due to undergo surgery on Sunday, will definitely miss Wales' Autumn Test Series, while the news will also be a blow to Lions Coach Warren Gatland ahead of next summer's tour to Australia.

Lydiate to undergo surgery

Dan Lydiate
Dan Lydiate will undergo surgery on his return from Australia Credit: RBS 6 Nations

It has been announced that Wales flanker Dan Lydiate, who will start in the game against Australia tomorrow, will have surgery on an ankle problem when he returns from the tour.

Lydiate's regional team the Dragons say they hope he wil be fit for the beginning of the 2012/13 season.

Following the Six Nations the 23 year-old was named RBS Player of the Championship following a string of game-winning performances, against Scotland and France in particular.

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