Calum Clark could miss Northampton Saints season
Northampton Saints forward Calum Clark has said he could be ruled out for the rest of the season.
The 23-year-old received surgery in January after injuring his shoulder in a game against Glasgow and missed out on England's Six Nations campaign.
Calum Clark factfile
- 2007: Becomes youngest forward to appear in the Premiership, for Leeds against Saracens
- 2010: Signs for Northampton and captains the team, aged 21, in an LV= Cup match against Saracens
- 2011: Named Saints' young player of the season after making more appearances than any other Northampton player, including a start in the Heineken Cup final
- 2012: Named in Stuart Lancaster's first senior England squad; banned for 32 weeks in March
"The timescale is quite broad for this," the former Leeds flanker told BBC Radio Northampton.
"The surgeon said that could be the season, but we're hoping it could be better than that."
Clark was named in his first senior England squad last year but has yet to make his Test debut
He has played 11 times this season for Saints, but is back on the sidelines after serving a 32-week ban last year for an incident in which Leicester's Rob Hawkins suffered a broken elbow.
"I try and shut off," he said of missing first-team action. "It's very difficult when you want to be playing and want to be heavily involved.
"I've got other focuses so I try and think about those."