Wales' Grand Slam captain of 2005, Michael Owen, has had his chances of returning to the national side in time for the upcoming RBS Six Nations by a knee injury.
The man who skippered the British & Irish Lions against Argentina in 2005 has been out of the Wales squad since Warren Gatland took over as coach but had hoped to use his move from the Dragons to Saracens as a launch pad for a Test recall.
However - any ambitions of further Wales or Lions caps this season have been dashed with the news of his injury.
Gatland and his coaching team had been monitoring his progress in the Guinness Premiership, but now the 28-year-old's season has been brought to a premature close through knee surgery.
The 41 times capped back row man picked up the problem against Gloucester and has now been forced to undergo knee surgery.
"Michael picked up a knee injury against Gloucester and it proved to be more serious that we first thought," said Saracens coach Eddie Jones.
"He's had to have reconstructive surgery and that will rule him out for the rest of the season. It's frustrating news as he has been playing very well for us this year."
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