Botha undergoes surgery to fix arm

2014-02-05 00:00

TOULON — Springbok and Toulon lock Bakkies Botha has successfully undergone an operation to have a plate inserted in his arm after he broke it in Toulon’s 23-10 Top 14 defeat against Brive.

Speaking to BallzRadio’s website, the Bok hard-man described how he broke his right “hunting arm”.

“It was just an awful game. It was wet and muddy, typical French rugby and my arm got stuck in a tackle, and I broke it.

“It wasn’t even 10 minutes into the first half when I felt it. I went in and I heard a sound like a small rifle going off. I stood up and I just walked off. My team-mates asked me, ‘Bakkies, where are you going?’ and I told them I had broken my arm.

“I went off and the physio said it didn’t look good and we went to take it for a scan the next morning.”

Botha said the operation to put in a plate to repair the broken arm had been a great success.

“I had the operation on Monday. They put in a plate with nine screws. It’s all healed up now and I am putting on a brace today. I have to wear the brace for six weeks and after I take it off, I must train for another four, so I will be back on the pitch again in two-and-a-half months,” he said.

Botha said he was eager to get back on the pitch as quickly as possible and hoped to be ready to play in Toulon’s Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leinster on April 6.

“The specialist warned me not to return too early because he said I could injure the piece of bone on the plate, but I just want to get back on the pitch and play the game that I love so much,” said Botha.

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