McCabe sidelined for six months
October 26, 2011
Australia centre Pat McCabe had his Rugby World Cup cut short by injury © Getty Images
Brumbies centre Pat McCabe will miss the start of the Super Rugby season after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his shoulder.
The Wallabies ace damaged the joint during the pool stages of the Rugby World Cup but returned to face New Zealand in the semi-finals. However, it became clear that all was not well with his shoulder and he was forced to go under the knife in Sydney on Tuesday night.
''I wanted to have the surgery as early as possible, because it's a six-month recovery and I wanted to miss as few games as possible for the Brumbies,'' McCabe told the Sydney Morning Herald. ''It's obviously pretty frustrating but it's something I have to get right. I have to look at it as an opportunity to improve my skills and physical attributes for when I can play again in March.
''This year has been long, and it has taken its toll physically and mentally so, hopefully, I'll come back fully recharged and ready to go for the Brumbies.''
As well as missing at least the opening four rounds of the Super Rugby season, McCabe will also be unavailable for Australia's upcoming clashes with the Barbarians and Wales.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Jonny Wilkinson is the face of Toulon but whisper it, they might be a better team without him. Paul Eddison examines the case for dropping the talisman
"It does sometimes get tough as you get older, but there's nothing else I'd rather do." Tom Hamilton talks to fly-half Dan Carter
Stingers, a rampaging Fijian and two Dannys looking to be champions of the world - Monday Maul looks at some key talking points
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Top 14, Super Rugby and the Aviva Premiership with fireworks and monsters both featuring