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Recurrence of knee injury rules 19-year-old France star out for another six months

Teenage out-half Matthieu Jalibert first suffered the injury during the Six Nations game against Ireland.

Matthieu Jalibert in possession for France during their Six Nations clash with Ireland
Matthieu Jalibert in possession for France during their Six Nations clash with Ireland
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MATTHIEU JALIBERT, the teenage out-half who tore a knee ligament on his France debut in February, has re-injured the knee and will be out for six months, his club Bordeaux-Begles has said.

The 19-year-old suffered the fresh injury in the first half of a pre-season friendly against the Sharks in South Africa last Friday.

He underwent a medical examination on Tuesday, which Bordeaux said revealed “a recurrence of a posterior cruciate ligament injury requiring surgical reconstruction”.

“He will be out for a minimum of six months,” the club said.

Last season, Jalibert did not play again after suffering a partial rupture of a ligament in his left knee and coming off after 29 minutes of his first international against Ireland in the Six Nations on 3 February.

© – AFP, 2018

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