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Broken Barkley

Bath Centre Suffers Second Horrific Injury

Posted Mar 08, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

In an announcement that will come as very bad news for the majority of their fans, Bath confirmed that Olly Barkley has suffered two clean breaks in his leg during his club’s defeat to Gloucester at Kingsholm on Saturday.  It is an injury that will inevitably lead to his missing the rest of the season.

The two breaks – in his lower tibia and fibular respectively – were operated on Saturday night with a view to minimising the damage which initially occured when Barkley’s team-mate Butch James fell onto the centre’s leg during a ruck.  It is unfortunate for the player, as he previously obtained a similar injury back in the pre-season of 2009.

Speaking on behalf of the club, Director of Rugby Sir Ian McGeechan stated that ‘It is obviously very disappointing for Olly to suffer an injury of this nature, especially as he had been playing so well recently, and at such an important part of the season.’

‘It is doubly disappointing for Olly and the club as he also missed much of last season with a bad leg injury. We will of course make sure he receives the best possible medical attention to get him back on the field as and when he is ready’ Sir McGeechan concluded.

The confirmation of the injury came from the club’s chief executive Nick Blofeld, who noted that the club had ‘definitely had better days’, and that Barkley remained ‘a key member of the team.’

The player himself tweeted on Sunday night that ‘For those that have asked I clean broke my tibia and fibula and had a rod with a few screws put through my tib to secure it.  Fib will heal.’  How much of an impact this injury will have on Bath remains to be seen, but it will be tricky for them to not be affected at all during the run-in to the season’s conclusion.  

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