Mtawarira undergoes procedure for heart

2012-11-19 00:00

SPRINGBOK prop Tendai Mtawarira has undergone a minor procedure for his heart condition and has confirmed that he will be ready for next year’s Super Rugby competition.

The Beast returned to Durban from Edinburgh a week ago following his withdrawal from the tour after he had a recurrence of mild heart palpitations that morning.

The Springbok prop had an irregular heart rhythm, according to Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. He underwent a minor procedure in Cape Town on Wednesday to correct this and was released from hospital on Friday.

Mtawarira released a weekend statement in which he thanked the public for their support and confirming that he would be ready to resume his playing career next February.

“I am well, so there is really no need to worry,” said Mtawarira. “The procedure went well. It’s only a minor procedure and sometimes it needs to be done more than once to clear the palpitations. This is something that has happened to me before and that can be treated. Also, it’s not career-threatening.

“Sometimes I get quite excited before a game and that is probably what triggered it [in Dublin].

“It’s sad to miss out on the last three Tests of the season, but I’ve enjoyed a good year and am looking forward to 2013 very much.”

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