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Blow for Italy as Haimona a major doubt for World Cup

The out-half’s has left the Italy squad to nurse a broken arm.

Haimona has been a key player since his debut in 2014.
Haimona has been a key player since his debut in 2014.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

OUT-HALF KELLY Haimona has emerged as a major doubt for the Rugby World Cup, after a further setback to his long-term arm injury.

Haimona broke his arm during the final game of the Six Nations Championship against Wales in March, but the injury has been slow to heal, and he has been sent home from their World Cup training camp to continue his rehab.

The New Zealand born 28-year-old will be unable to return to contact work for at least another month, which will significantly set back his pre-season ahead of the World Cup in September.

Head coach Jacques Brunel said with the player unable to train fully, he had no option but to send him home to continue his rehab.

“We are preparing for a World Cup and we have to do with those who, today, can guarantee the maximum of his own condition.

“Kelly will rejoin the group during the Rugby World Cup if there are conditions and needs,” he said in a statement.

Haimona has been ever present when fit since his debut for Italy in November 2014.

The powerful Zebre out-half and centre has played all but one of Italy’s eight tests since his debut, missing out on the Six Nations meeting with France in March due injury.

It’s now likely that 22-year-old Tomasso Allan will step into the 10 shirt, with Italy set to face Ireland, France, Romania and Canada in Pool D, with their tournament opener against the French on September 19.

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