A knee injury has forced Australia captain Stirling Mortlock out of the rest of this year’s Tri-Nations series.
AP reports that Mortlock hurt his left knee in last weekend’s 29-17 loss to South Africa in Cape Town and scans taken on Tuesday revealed he had suffered torn cartilage.
The 32-year-old has been ordered to undergo keyhole surgery on Wednesday, sidelining him for at least six weeks and the rest of the Tri-Nations.
Utility forward Peter Kimlin is also expected to be out of action for up to six weeks after damaging a nerve in his right shoulder on a recent development tour of Europe.
The injuries to Mortlock and Kimlin prompted the Australian selectors to call up lock Mark Chisholm and the Waratahs back Kurtley Beale to an expanded squad before the next match against New Zealand in Sydney next week.Tweet