Monye hopeful of facing France
March 15, 2010
Ugo Monye was carried from the field at Murrayfield with a neck injury © Getty Images
Ugo Monye hopes to be fit for England's Six Nations showdown with France at the Stade de France on Saturday.
The Harlequins wing was stretchered from the field in a neck brace after being involved in a sickening collision with Scotland flanker Kelly Brown during their draw at Murrayfield last weekend, but hopes to return ahead of England's game against the Grand Slam hopefuls.
Extra care was taken with Monye due to the severe neck injury suffered by Scotland wing Thom Evans against Wales in February but x-rays revealed there was no significant neck damage.
"I had pain down the right side of my neck and pins and needles and I still have some of that in my right arm and will be working very closely with the England medical guys at our team hotel," Monye told the Evening Standard.
"I would love to be involved in the match with France and expect to be able to take part in full contact sessions this week with the rest of the squad.
"The care I received at the ground and in the hospital was fantastic and I realise that my arguing about the need to be carried off after the injury was due to me being dazed. I hate any fuss but with Thom Evans, the Scotland wing, having suffered a serious neck injury against Wales, they were absolutely right to take those precautions."
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