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England fullback Watson out until New Year with knee injury

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England fullback Watson out until New Year with knee injury
FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Rugby World Cup - England arrive at Heathrow airport - Heathrow Airport, London, Britain - November 4, 2019 England's Anthony Watson as they arrive at Heathrow airport REUTERS/Toby Melville   -   Copyright  TOBY MELVILLE(Reuters)

(Reuters) – England fullback Anthony Watson is unlikely to play again this year after damaging a knee ligament in Bath’s 15-9 defeat by Harlequins in the Champions Cup on Saturday, the English Premiership club have said.

Watson, who was part of England’s squad at the World Cup in Japan, did not need surgery and should return to training around the Christmas or New Year period, it added.

“The collision-based demands of our game are tough and it is never easy to see a player leave the field with an injury,” Bath Director of Rugby Stuart Hooper said in a statement

“We are pleased however that in Anthony’s case, his injury is not as serious as first thought.”

Lock Charlie Ewels picked up a similar injury during the match and is due to see a specialist later on Wednesday, the club said.

Bath, who are eighth in the 12-team Premiership, host Saracens on Friday.

(Reporting by Silvia Recchimuzzi in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)