Thomas ruled out for up to six weeks
Crusaders RL have confirmed Gareth Thomas will be sidelined for between four and six weeks with a broken arm but should be available to play for Wales in the end-of-season Four Nations Series.
Thomas suffered the injury during the first half of last Saturday’s 38-10 Engage Super League defeat by Hull KR at the Racecourse Ground.
Scans confirmed the Wales international suffered a clean break and the club are hopeful he will be able to return to action before the end of the season.
Thomas, 36, who recently signed a new contract for 2012, tweeted on Sunday that he is hoping to be back for Crusaders’ last match of the regular season against Wigan Warriors on September 9.
Wales open their Four Nations campaign against England at Leigh on October 29.
Iestyn Harris, head coach of both Crusaders and Wales, said: “It is obviously a blow to lose Gareth because he has been one of our most consistent performers this season.
“The scans show that it is a clean break so we’re looking at losing him for anything between four to six weeks.
“The break is not as severe as we first thought and there is a really good chance that Gareth will play before the end of the season.
“Gareth is a very determined character and our physio and conditioning team will be working closely with him to ensure that he returns to action fit and healthy.”