Byrne adds to Wales' injury woe
October 14, 2009
Ospreys star Lee Byrne is set for another spell on the sidelines © Getty Images
Lee Byrne has become another injury problem for Wales coach Warren Gatland after the Ospreys fullback was ruled out for six weeks with a recurrence of the foot injury that plagued him during this summer's British & Irish Lions tour.
Byrne limped off early in the second-half of the Ospreys' Heineken Cup draw with Leicester on Sunday and joins Blues quartet Gethin Jenkins, Martyn Williams, John Yapp and Bradley Davies on the sidelines. Wales play their first autumn Test on November 7, against the All Blacks in Cardiff, with Leigh Halfpenny and James Hook in line to deputise for Byrne.
"Lee was reviewed by a specialist last night, and he had a scan which has revealed ligament damage in his right foot," said Ospreys physio Chris Towers. "The problem is a fairly subtle issue, however, with the nature of the ligaments involved, there is no quick fix and to rush him back would be counterproductive in the long term.
"He is essentially looking at a period of rest, in plaster, for approximately six weeks, followed by a period of rehabilitation to get him up and running and back on the field."
Meanwhile, lock Ian Evans' injury nightmare has continued with a tear to his major pectoral tendon which will see him sidelined for eight weeks.
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