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Rugby: Slade sidelined by broken leg

Henry Slade is injured during Exeter Chiefs' game against Wasps Credit: PA

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says it is likely that England star Henry Slade will be sidelined for roughly four months after he broke his leg and damaged his ankle in his side’s 41-27 win over Wasps on Saturday 5 December.

Centre Slade was stretchered off with just 15 minutes remaining at the Ricoh Arena following a tackle from home winger Sailosi Tagicakibau as he looked to clear out the Exeter playmaker.

Slade, 22, had a plate and wiring inserted during what Baxter described as ‘a pretty major operation’ on Sunday.

We are certainly not pencilling in any date for Henry’s return because we know it is long-term. We will start talking about a return date in eight to 10 weeks’ time when we know a bit more - it will take a bit of time though and a lengthy rehab process.

He has had a plate inserted into the lower part of his leg, he had to have some ligament repair and a bit of wire instead at the lower end of his leg too.

It was a pretty major operation but certainly not one we don’t expect him to make a full recovery from.

– Rob Baxter, Head Coach, Exeter Chiefs
It will be some months before Slade is match fit again Credit: PA

Henry Slade had this message for fans: