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Roberts to miss Leinster game, ruled out for season
The centre is also out of Wales’ summer tour of Australia, having opted to undergo surgery.

CARDIFF BLUES CENTRE Jamie Roberts will miss his side’s crucial Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster and will be out of action for the remainder of the season, it has been announced.

The player picked up the injury when playing for his side against Racing Metro in November, and has struggled to recover ever since.

He has now opted to undergo surgery on his anterior cruciate ligament, which will cause him to miss roughly six months of rugby.

A statement confirmed his absence: “Cardiff Blues can confirm that Blues and Wales centre Jamie Roberts will require surgery on his knee and will miss the rest of the season.”

Roberts added: “First and foremost, I’m pretty devastated to be missing this weekend’s Heineken Cup quarter-final match against Leinster, in what is our biggest match of the season.

“It’s a match I have been looking forward to for a long time but unfortunately my body hasn’t quite allowed me to be part of such a huge occasion for us as a region. I originally injured my knee in Paris against Racing Metro after returning from the World Cup.

“With the fantastic help from the medical staff at the Blues and the Welsh Rugby Union, I was able to rehab my knee well enough to get me through a handful of games for the Blues and the successful Grand Slam Six Nations campaign with Wales.”

The injury also means he will be forced to miss Wales’ summer tour of Australia.

He is the second centre to be ruled out for the Blues, following the well-documented recent sacking of Gavin Henson.

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