England scrum-half Ben Youngs confident of recovering from shoulder surgery in time for World Cup

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England scrum-half Ben Youngs confident of recovering from shoulder surgery in time for World Cup

  • Ben Youngs will miss the rest of domestic season after shoulder operation 
  • The scrum-half expects to be fit for England’s World Cup training camp 
  • Youngs is coach Eddie Jones’ clear first-choice No 9 and has 85 England caps 

Ben Youngs expects to be fully involved in England’s Word Cup training camp after revealing he was left with no option but to undergo shoulder surgery.

Youngs was hurt in his country’s final Six Nations match against Scotland, which ended in a 38-38 draw, and on April 6 it was announced he had undergone a procedure to repair the damage that would require three months of rehabilitation.

It was an alarming development as Eddie Jones invested heavily in Youngs as his first choice scrum-half to the point that there is no clear hierarchy in the position beneath him.

Ben Youngs expects to be fit for England's World Cup training camp after a shoulder injury

Ben Youngs expects to be fit for England’s World Cup training camp after a shoulder injury

But having completed the operation, the 29-year-old should be available for the four warm-up Tests that precede Japan 2019.

‘At the time I felt it but thought it was OK and it would settle. I then had it scanned, went and saw the specialist, and he said “you just can’t play”,’ Youngs told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast.

‘I saw him at 12.30 and was being operated on at 2pm so it all happened pretty quickly.

‘You never want to miss games but it happened and I didn’t really have a choice in it.

‘But it should be 12 weeks and a pretty simple recovery time provided there are no hiccups.’

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