FLY-HALF Jono Lance may have played his last game for Worcester Warriors after being ruled out for six weeks with a broken hand.

The Australian ace who is due to leave the club at the end of this month to join Melbourne Rebels sustained the injury in Warriors’ 23-8 win over London Irish last Friday.

Prior to the Aviva Premiership clash, departing boss Gary Gold revealed he had started talks with Lance over the possibility of extending his stay.

New director of rugby Alan Solomons said there was “nothing further” to say on Warriors’ hopes of keeping him.

But he does not think the injury would impact on Worcester’s discussions with Rebels and Lance.

“Jono has broken his hand and at the moment the prognosis is approximately six weeks,” Solomons said.

Lance has been key to Warriors' upturn in form in recent weeks having won three of their last four league games.

But Solomons has backed Sam Olver and Jamie Shillcock to step into Lance’s shoes as the duo now set to battle it out for the number 10 jersey ahead of Warriors’ trip to Saracens on Saturday (3pm).

With Tom Heathcote out until April with concussion, Olver looks in pole position to replace Lance after receiving high praise from his teammates and coaches for his performances in the European Challenge Cup.

But Shillcock is also back in contention after overcoming knee surgery and starring in Worcester Cavaliers’ win over Newcastle Falcons earlier this month.

“Fortunately Shilly has come back from injury and young Sam playing well against Oyonnax home and away,” Solomons continued.

“He did an excellent job in the back 20 minutes of the game against London Irish and Ryan Mills can provide cover there as well.

“I think we should be alright.”

Tighthead prop Nick Schonert will also miss Warriors’ visit to Sarries after suffering a blow to his ankle in the opening 12 minutes against Irish.

The 26-year-old who was out for almost two months with ankle issue earlier this season is now set to have a scan to discover the extend of the damage.

“Nick hasn’t had much luck,” Solomons added.

“He is out. He has a scan today so we will see the extent of the damage to the ankle.”