Bath skipper Stuart Hooper will spend four to six weeks on the sidelines after fracturing his thumb, his third injury of the season
Hooper was named captain of the West Country outfit in the build-up to the season but has been limited to just eleven appearances.
Having missed the end of Bath’s last campaign with a broken arm, the 30-year-old returned to action in time to take over the reins ahead of the new term.
However, his season has been truncated by a string of setbacks. Having injured his arm in December, the lock then fractured an eye socket in January, a blow that kept him out of action until Saturday’s game against Gloucester.
Hooper’s bad luck has struck again though, and he now faces another frustrating period out of action.
“It’s a year I’m sure he’ll want to put behind him,” Bath coach Brad Davis told BBC Radio Bristol of Hooper.
“You’ve got to look at the positives. It’s a year that’s been lost but also a year he can gain back further down the line.
“He’s going to be important to us over the next six weeks with what he can do off the field. We’ll keep him positive and make sure he comes back as fresh as he can be.”