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Harlequins’ Aviva Premiership aspirations have been hit by the news centre George Lowe will miss the remainder of the season because of a neck injury.
The 24-year-old, who has been with the Quins since 2008, sustained the injury while making a tackle against Saracens on September 28 and was initially discharged from hospital at the time.
However, as the problem has persisted, Lowe was subsequently assessed on several occasions by specialists and they advised that he should not play rugby again this season.
A statement on the Quins club website read: “George will not play rugby for the rest of the season as a result of the injury he suffered.
“Lowe injured his neck while making a tackle in the 15th minute of the match at The Stoop.
“He was taken to hospital for assessment. He was released, discharged and returned home.
“Following further scans and guidance from specialists over the past four weeks, George has been advised not to play again this season.
“Instead he will undertake a programme of treatment that aims to have him fit to return to action for the 2014-15 season.”
The news is a real blow for the 2012 Premiership winners’ hopes of repeating that feat this season as Conor O’Shea’s side have had a mixed start with three wins and three defeats in their opening six matches to sit sixth in the current standings.