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Hamstring injury rules out Warburton for four months

Warburton picked up a hamstring injury in the second test against Australia Credit: Damian Shaw/AAP/Press Association Images

Wales captain Sam Warburton faces up to four months out of action as he recovers from the hamstring injury that ended his Lions tour of Australia. His regional side, Cardiff Blues, confirmed the news this morning after assessing the injury following his return from the tour.

Cardiff Blues Head of Medical John Miles said: "Sam suffered a grade three tear to his left hamstring in the second Lions test against Australia on the 29th of June. He has had a scan with specialists in London yesterday which has shown the injury is already healing.

"He therefore does not need surgery but will require a period of rehabilitation between 12 to 16 weeks from the date of the injury. His rehabilitation will focus on range of motion, flexibility and specific strengthening of the hamstring in order for him to return to full health."