London Wasps have been dealt a serious blow to their attacking options with the injury of their prized winger Tom Varndell.

Just one week into the new Aviva Premiership season, the prolific try scorer ruptured his biceps during training on Wednesday.

Wasps said on their official website that “a scan has revealed that the winger will need three to four months of recovery following an operation this week”.

The former Leicester player tweeted "I'm gutted about the injury, but hoping to get back ASAP with plenty of rugby to play still."

The impact to Wasps will be considerable as Varndell was joint try scorer last season, alongside his team mate Christian Wade, with 13 tries. In total, he has scored 74 tries and is only surpassed in the all-time try scorer stakes by Sales Sharks duo Steve Hanley and Mark Cueto.

Varndell’s injury adds to a growing list of important player’s side lined for Wasps at the start of the season including Hugo Southwell, Elliot Daly, James Bailey, James Haskell, Phil Swainston and new no.8 Rory Pitmann.

Wasps stated that most of these players “are unlikely to play in September but are making good progress on their respective injuries”.

Wasps fans have however been given a boost as the club announced that Captain Chris Bell will be in contention for their trip to Exeter this weekend.

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