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Roberts to miss Racing decider
ESPNscrum Staff
January 15, 2012
Cardiff Blues centre Jamie Roberts, Cardiff v Northampton, Heineken Cup, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, December 19, 2010
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Jamie Roberts will miss Cardiff Blues' crucial Heineken Cup clash with Racing Metro next weekend due to a knee injury.

The Wales centre has been troubled by the knock since the Blues' RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Newport-Gwent Dragons on December 23.

In his absence, Gavin Henson wore No.12 in Saturday's victory over London Irish, which kept the Blues in the hunt for a quarter-final spot. They must match Edinburgh's result to make the last eight for the first time since 2008-09, with the Scottish side hosting the Exiles at Murrayfield.

"The knee injury has just plagued him a little bit longer than we thought," Blues coach Gareth Baber told BBC Sport. "Unfortunately I don't think he's going to be able to win the race to get himself into a position to train this week and partake in the game on the weekend."

Roberts is also set to be a key part of Wales' Six Nations squad, but Baber admitted that it is unclear whether he will be fit for their opener against Ireland on February 5.

"There's a little break between our last European game and the Six Nations, but that will be up to the Union obviously when he joins up with them to see how he progresses," Baber said.

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