Chris Pennell: Worcester Warriors full-back to miss start of season
Worcester full-back Chris Pennell will miss the start of the 2016-17 Premiership season with a neck injury.
The 29-year-old, capped once by England on tour in 2014, signed an extended, undisclosed-length contract in May.
"It is disappointing to lose someone of his ability but we have players who can step up," said high-performance director Nick Johnston.
Worcester's campaign begins at Twickenham on Saturday 3 September against champions Saracens.
Pennell has not travelled to the Warriors' pre-season training camp in France. ahead of their first friendly against Clermont Auvergne.