England lock Charlie Ewels may miss the entire forthcoming season after present process knee surgical procedure.
The Bath ahead was damage throughout England’s preparations for the primary Test in opposition to Australia in Perth on July 2.
The 27-year-old suffered an anterior cruciate ligament harm, with regular restoration time following that prognosis being 9 to 12 months.
“Charlie has been for his operation, which went well, and he will be out for an extended period,” Bath’s new head of rugby Johann van Graan stated.
“It was a pretty serious knee injury. He is in good spirits, and he sees it as an opportunity to work on other parts of his game as he goes through the rehab process.
“These type of knee injuries, my experience tells me it is too early to say in terms of length of time.
“Is there a chance (this season)? Potentially, the back end of it, but I wouldn’t want to speculate on it now. It’s way too early.”
Bath are again in coaching, constructing in direction of a Gallagher Premiership opener in opposition to their west nation rivals Bristol at Ashton Gate on September 9.
And 42-year-old South African Van Graan is aware of the dimensions of the problem that awaits him following his arrival from Munster.
Bath completed backside of the Premiership final season, 60 factors behind champions Leicester, and received simply 5 league video games.
Only Worcester conceded extra factors and tries than Bath, who leaked a median of virtually 32 factors per Premiership match.
“As I said to the board when I came here, there will be some players here where the perception of them might not be that good,” Van Graan added.
“But with the right guidance, they might become superstars in the future.
“It is about getting to know the players, getting them in the right environment and hopefully we will see a lot of guys improving quickly.
“I am under no illusions that there is a whole journey to be undertaken here.
“The first thing I said to the group is we have to become tough to beat. We have to work hard on our habits, embrace change, because there is going to be a lot of change.
“It won’t be perfect in week one, it might not be perfect in year one, but there has to be a progression in terms of our performance on the pitch.”
Bath suffered numerous heavy Premiership defeats final time period, together with a 71-17 house loss in opposition to Saracens and a 64-0 drubbing at Gloucester.
And Van Graan has wasted little time when it comes to figuring out key areas for enchancment.
“We are a team who need to get fitter and improve our performance under pressure,” he stated. “Last season, this was a team that conceded a lot of points in the last 20 minutes of games.
“What will that look like? Making sure we have more quality players on the pitch for longer, improving our fitness and having a common goal and connection between the rugby and the medical and conditioning.
“One of the things that has struck me about the Premiership is that the team in 13th place can beat number one on any given day.
“I am not going to make any predictions. It has got to be an improvement from last season, and we want to improve quickly.
“Teams that are successful go through a period of growth. Our challenge will be how quickly can we do that.”