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Saracens captain Brad Barritt to have facial surgery

Brad Barritt’s battered face continues to take punishment after the Saracens captain was forced off the pitch during the 50-27 victory over Bath at the weekend.

The centre left the field to receive treatment with blood pouring from his left cheek, and after seeing a consultant following the match it was confirmed surgery was necessary to correct the injury.

The need to go under the knife rules Barritt out of Saracens trip to Twickenham Stoop this weekend to take on London rivals Harlequins.

Nick Tompkins replaced Barritt in the 23rd minute of the match and now stands in line to feature in the starting XV to play Quins, with Duncan Taylor sidelined for the rest of the season with multiple-ligament damage in his knee.

Barritt missed a chunk of time towards the end of last season after requiring a titanium plate to be inserted into the same cheek he injured on Saturday. The veteran revealed at the time he was unaware he had broken his cheekbone until he blew his nose which led to his face ‘blowing up’.

Fly-half Owen Farrell will take over captaincy duties as Mark McCall’s side seek to maintain their 100 per cent win record against a Quins side who lie fourth in the table.

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