Toulon: Bakkies out for two months with eye injury

2012-12-18 00:00

PARIS — Toulon lock Bakkies Botha will be sidelined for up to two months as the Springbok international undergoes surgery on a fractured eye socket suffered during his team’s 62-0 rout over Sale in the Heineken Cup.

The 33-year-old — capped 76 times for South Africa — only recently extended his contract with Toulon until 2015, but came off just before half-time and will have an operation later in the week.

He has started 10 of 12 domestic matches this season for the French giants and played in all four of their Heineken Cup victories that sees them clear leaders of pool six.

There was some good news for Toulon, who have never won a European competition and are seeking their first French championship since 1992, as France international Frederic Michalak only picked up minor knocks and should be fit to face Agen in league action on Saturday.

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