By Simon Galinier
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Big blow for the Race 92but also for the XV of France ! The French international second line Bernard LeRoux (33 years old; 47 caps) was heavily hit in the head, Saturday September 17, against Lyon. And the first reviews are not reassuring.
Indeed, this Thursday, September 22, at a press conference, the manager of the Ile-de-France club, Laurent Travers, indicated that his player “will be absent for a fairly long period, which will touch about 6 months”. Without giving more medical precision. But, given the announced rest period, the reviews may have been alarmist. “Bernard Le Roux suffered a concussion. After specialist advice and in compliance with the concussion protocol, he will have to observe a stoppage of several months, ”explains Racing 92 in a press release.
The Racing 92 infirmary continues to fill up…
Victim of a shock to the head after contact with the Lyon third line Loann Goujon, at the start of the second period, the French international of South African origin left the field in stride, replaced by Boris Palu. Goujon, he was summoned by the Disciplinary Committee of the LNR to justify himself on his gesture.
Bernard Le Roux joins an already full Racing 92 infirmary since the former Welsh treizist Regan Grace, landed this summer in the Hauts-de-Seine, suffers from a ruptured Achilles tendon. While the international center of Ciel et Blanc, Gaël Fickou, who is still treating a sprained knee contracted this summer, in a preparation match, against Brive. There are also injuries to center and captain Henry Chavancy and wingers Donovan Taofifenua (shoulder) and Christian Wade, who arrived at Racing 92 last week and who is already in the infirmary due to a calf injury. Not to mention the recent forced career stoppage of Virimi Vakatawa. The only good news is the arrival of the South African international Warrick Gelantwho has just settled in France, after being released by the Springboks.
… That of the XV of France too, before the autumn tour
Bernard Le Roux’s injury is also a blow for the staff of the XV of France, even if the experienced racingman was no longer the first choice for the second row position, where the Woki-Willemse pair gave satisfaction. Le Roux is already forfeited for the next autumn tour against Australia, South Africa and Japan, from November 5 to 20, and adds to the long list of absentees in the ranks of the XV of France, since Cyril Baille, François Cros, Demba Bamba, even Arthur Vincent, will also be on the flank for this series of events.
The second line of Racing 92, Bernard Le Roux, could also miss the 6 Nations Tournament, which takes place from February 4 to March 18, 2023, since he should not return to the field before the end of March.
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