A “FREAK accident” in training has left wing Dean Hammond requiring surgery and facing “a couple of months” on the sidelines.

Director of rugby Alan Solomons revealed Hammond had injured his bicep tendon in a collision at practice and would need to undergo an operation to fix the issue.

Hammond has scored three tries in eight appearances this season with the majority of his outings coming in the European Challenge Cup.

But the 26-year-old is now expected to miss out on Warriors’ home quarter-final against Harlequins on Saturday, March 30 and face a battle to be back before the end of this season which concludes in mid-May.

Solomons said: “Dean has got to have an op on that bicep tendon.

“It’s difficult to say (how long he will be out for) with those type of injuries – probably a couple of months.

“It happened in practice and was a freak accident as someone’s elbow got into his bicep. It’s just one of those things.”

Hammond’s injury has also left Warriors light on wingers with Perry Humphreys out for a “few weeks” with a high ankle sprain and Josh Adams in Six Nations action with Wales.

But Solomons believes he can manage with in-form duo Tom Howe and Bryce Heem likely to start on the flanks against Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership on Sunday (1pm).

“You must remember that Josh is away this weekend but the following weekend there is no Six Nations,” Solomons said.

“Then there are Six Nations games on the last week of this Premiership block.

“But by the time the next block starts the Six Nations has finished.”