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Harlequins’ Demetri Catrakilis being stretchered off on Sunday

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis will miss time after suffering a “small fracture” to a bone in his throat in the win over Gloucester on Sunday.

Catrakilis stopped breathing for several seconds and was taken to hospital after suffering the injury 12 minutes into the game.

Harlequins have not said how long the 28-year-old will be out for, but the injury will not require surgery.

Catrakilis was making his first start since joining Quins in the summer.

Harlequins issued the following¬†brief statement on Monday: “Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester Rugby on Saturday.

The fracture does not require surgery and Harlequins will provide a further update when available.”

Surgery for Sam Warburton

Wales and Cardiff Blues flanker Sam Warburton is to have surgery on a long-standing neck injury, ruling him out for up to four months.

The 28-year-old, who captained the British and Irish Lions in their drawn Test series with New Zealand this summer, aggravated the injury in training this week.

The operation means Warburton will miss all four of Wales’ autumn Tests.

He will also miss key Pro14 and Challenge Cup dates for the Blues.

“It is a major blow for all concerned, for Cardiff Blues, Wales and Sam Warburton,” said Blues head coach Danny Wilson.

“It is a long standing issue Sam has had. He gets pain and discomfort on and off.

“The feeling was that the two months off [after the Lions tour] to allow that to completely settle without any rugby would do him the world of good, which to be fair it did.

“He is frustrated because he would have thought after two months he would have been quite fresh. But it is the right thing to do.

“For him personally it’s another frustration in terms of an injury he has to come back from.”

Warburton missed six weeks at the end of last season with a knee injury, while in October 2016 he suffered a fractured cheekbone that put him out for three weeks.

He has also had several serious shoulder injuries during his career and also missed the deciding Lions Test against Australia in 2013 with a torn hamstring.

The Blues already have injury problems in the back row, with Ellis Jenkins (hamstring) and James Botham (ankle) also ruled out for up to four months.

That leaves Josh Navidi as the only senior specialist open-side flanker.


6 Responses to Nasty injuries side-line Demetri Catrakilis and Sam Warburton

  • 1

    Tough injuries for both of the players, wish them all the best with their recovery.

  • 2

    Talking about South African flyhalves – rumour about Pat Lambie moving to Racing as early as the end of the month if he can get out of his contract with SA Rugby.

  • 3

    @ Bullscot:
    Hi Bully, apparently he has been cleared to move.

  • 4

    @ Lion4ever:
    Hi Lion4ever thanks for confirming that. I suppose not too bad. If he gets into a good run of form they can still call on him for end of year tour and leave Elton home to rest after a tough season.

    I remember years ago when first saw footage of Lambie play before he became a Bok that his defence was so committed that I thought of Jonny Wilkinson and was concerned that like Wilkinson he would pick up injuries. Unfortunately it seems like he has ended being injured quite a bit, although to be honest I don’t know how he picked up all his injuries; how many of them he picked up while being fearless in the tackle.

  • 5

    @ Lion4ever:
    While we are talking about flyhalves how do you rate Brandon Thomson who has arrives recently in Scotland to play for Glasgow again. From the little I saw of him when he was here on loan last season he looked like he had quite a bit of pace. Also liked his attitude looked like he was enjoying himself playing and training with a smile on his face. Hopefully he will work out as good cover for Finn Russell during the Autumn International and 6 Nations.

  • 6

    @ Bullscot:
    I don’t really know him, so cannot comment.


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