Sydney - Australia playmaker Berrick Barnes
will have surgery on a dislocated thumb and miss up to six weeks of
action for the Waratahs, the Super Rugby team said on
Barnes hurt the thumb in a tackle during the Waratahs'
home loss to the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs on Friday, having just come
back into the side after recovering from a knee injury.
injury adds to the Sydney-based outfit's woes, with their hopes of
making the playoffs already precarious after starting the season 1-3
under new coach Michael Cheika.
The injury is the latest in a long line of setbacks to Barnes' career.
In September, 2012 he suffered a punctured lung while playing for
Australia against the Springboks and he missed much of the 2011 season
with a series of head injuries.
The Waratahs are also likely to be
without Australia hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau (hamstring) and Wallaby No 8 Wycliff Palu (ankle) for their home match against the
Blues on Sunday, a team spokesperson said.