“Liam Williams underwent surgery last night after suffering a collarbone injury. Williams now faces a recovery period of 12-16 weeks on the sidelines following surgery” – Cardiff Rugby confirm Williams out of Wales’ November Tests, after injury on debut vs Munster in URC
Last Updated: 20/09/22 12:45pm
Liam Williams will miss Wales’ autumn Tests against New Zealand, Argentina and Australia after suffering a collarbone injury on his Cardiff debut.
The British and Irish Lions full-back was hurt midway through the first half of Cardiff’s United Rugby Championship victory over Munster on Saturday.
He has undergone surgery and faces a recovery period of 12 to 16 weeks, his club have confirmed.
Wales tackle three of the Rugby Championship sides in New Zealand, Argentina and Australia this November, in addition to a Test vs Georgia too.
Williams, who has won 81 caps, also offers Wales head coach Wayne Pivac an option on the wing, and his absence is likely to be keenly felt.
Johnny McNicholl and Leigh Halfpenny would be likely full-back candidates when Wales continue their World Cup countdown.
Halfpenny has not played for 14 months due to a serious knee injury, but he is understood to be closing in on a comeback for the Scarlets.
Cardiff said: “Liam Williams underwent surgery last night after suffering a collarbone injury.
“The Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back had impressed on his Cardiff debut before damaging his shoulder in a tackle on the 20-minute mark.
“Williams now faces a recovery period of 12-16 weeks on the sidelines following surgery.”
The 31-year-old made his Test debut in 2012, and has featured for Wales in their last two World Cup campaigns.