Vickerman undergoes shoulder surgery
October 27, 2011
Vickerman featured prominently during the World Cup © Getty Images
Australian second-row Dan Vickerman faces a race against time to be fit in time for the Waratahs' Super Rugby season.
The 32-year-old was struggling with a shoulder injury during the World Cup and underwent surgery on Tuesday. As a result of the reconstruction, Vickerman looks set to be on the sidelines for between five and six months.
With the Waratahs due back in training on Monday, they will be without a further three of their internationals. Wycliff Palu and Drew Mitchell are both struggling with hamstring injuries while Benn Robinson is still on the comeback trail after undergoing the surgeon's knife on his knee.
And ahead of their return to pre-season training, the Waratahs have announced their 2012 Super Rugby squad:
Chris Alcock (Eastwood), Adam Ashley-Cooper (Northern Suburbs), Berrick Barnes (Sydney University), Tom Carter (Sydney University), Dave Dennis (Sydney University), Kane Douglas (Southern Districts), Rocky Elsom (Randwick), Damien Fitzpatrick (Eastwood), Bernard Foley (Sydney University), Daniel Halangahu (Sydney University), Rob Horne (Southern Districts), Brackin Karauria-Henry (Southern Districts), Sekope Kepu (Randwick), Tom Kingston (Sydney University), Pat McCutcheon (Sydney University), Brendan McKibbin (Eastern Suburbs), Drew Mitchell (Balmain), Dean Mumm (Sydney University), Atieli Pakalani (Randwick), Wycliff Palu (Manly), Greg Peterson (Manly), Tatafu Polota-Nau (Parramatta), Sarel Pretorius (TBC), Benn Robinson (Eastwood), Paddy Ryan (Sydney University), Jeremy Tilse (Sydney University), Sitaleki Timani (Southern Districts), Lachie Turner (Eastwood), John Ulugia (Southern Districts), Dan Vickerman (Sydney University).
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