London - Northampton and England fullback Ben Foden is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a ligament rupture in his left leg, the Premiership champions said on Tuesday.
Foden went off early during Northampton's European Champions Cup victory over the Ospreys in Swansea last weekend and scans have since revealed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg.
In a statement, the club said: "Northampton Saints fullback Ben Foden is set to miss the remainder of the season with a knee injury sustained in the club's Champions Cup win at Ospreys.
"Foden left the field in the 12th minute at Liberty Stadium, and subsequent scans revealed a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left leg.
"The 29-year-old will now undergo surgery with a view to rehabilitating for the start of the 2015/16 season."
Foden, who can also play on the wing, won the last of his 34 caps in November 2013 with the form of Harlequins fullback Mike Brown and England's variety of options out wide restricting his Test appearances.
Northampton are also currently without England lock Courtney Lawes following an ankle injury, with coach Jim Mallinder having already stated the second row will miss the "first few weeks" of this season's Six Nations which starts on February 6.