Tue 27 Nov 2018 | 05:40

Italy's star out of Six Nations

Italy's star out of Six Nations
Tue 27 Nov 2018 | 05:40
Italy's star out of Six Nations

INJURY UPDATE: Italy wing Mattia Bellini looks set to miss the Six Nations after being ruled out for four months following surgery on a dislocated right shoulder picked up in the November Test against Australia, his club Zebre revealed.

Bellini, who has a RugbyPass Index score of  58 percent,  scored Italy’s only try in the 7-26 defeat to the Wallabies in Padua before going off with a right shoulder injury.

“Bellini has undergone surgery following a dislocation of the right shoulder,” Pro 14 side Zebre said in a statement, adding that “the intervention … was perfectly successful,”

The 24-year-old also suffered ligament damage to the shoulder and a bone fracture. He immediately started physiotherapy after Friday’s surgery with the recovery time estimated at four mouths, Zebre said.

Italy open their Six Nations campaign against Scotland on February 2 in Murrayfield.

Bellini missed Italy’s final November Test against New Zealand, a 66-3 defeat for the hosts in the Stadio Olimpico.

Italy also lost 54-7 to Six Nations champions Ireland in Chicago earlier in the month before beating Georgia 28-17 in Florence.

Agence France-Presse

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