Aviva Premiership side the Newcastle Falcons just can’t get things right at the moment – be it with their dismal performances on the pitch that have left them in the relegation spot from the top tier of English rugby or off it where it has marred by controversy after controversy. And now, to make things worse, it has been revealed that the club’s most influential player Jeremy Manning has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an injury. The player injured himself during the match against the British Army in Portugal last week, even which The Falcons failed to win, ending with a draw with a 31-31 score.

The fullback has ruptured ligaments in the thumb of his right hand and he will require immediate surgery, effectively ruling out for the last three games that the Newcastle Falcons have to play and win in order to preserve their Aviva Premiership status. The fullback has played in 16 of the 19 games that the club has played this season in the Aviva Premiership and has two tries to his name as well.

This will come as a huge setback for The Falcons who have still three matches to play to make up their eight point deficit with the London Wasps in order to survive to fight another season in the Premiership and without the New Zealander, that task just got harder for the bottom side.

Even the player himself was extremely disappointed for missing the most important part of the season when the future of the club in the top tier of English rugby is at stake. Speaking to Jonny Wilkinson‘s new website, Manning said that the injury came at the wrong time but he is still hopeful that the Newcastle Falcons will still manage to avoid the drop from the elite league.