MIDDLESBROUGH have been dealt a huge blow after the club confirmed Rhys Williams has undergone surgery after another rupture of his Achilles tendon.
The Australian international started against Barnsley in the FA Cup third round clash on Saturday after returning from an 11-month spell out injured with a tendon injury.
But he lasted just over a minute before being stretchered off and club officials have now confirmed he underwent surgery on Tuesday afternoon.
A Boro statement said: “Rhys Williams is to undergo surgery in London this afternoon after being diagnosed with another rupture of his Achilles tendon.
“Scans have revealed that the Australian international damaged another part of the tendon at Barnsley on Saturday after completing an 11-month recovery from his original injury.
“The current rupture – where the tendon attaches to the heel – is said by medics to be extremely rare and not related to his original problem.”
Williams, who had played 66 minutes of an Under-21 game and a few minutes as a sub against Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day, was starting a game for the first time in 11 months at Oakwell but lasted just over a minute.