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Injury boost for Andrew Higgins

31 August 2004

Andrew Higgins has been given a massive boost with the news that he will not require surgery on his damaged ankle and could make his playing return as soon as three weeks.

It was feared that the Bath Rugby centre could miss up to eight weeks of the new Zurich Premiership season after a scan on his ankle appeared to show that more than one of the ankle ligaments had been ruptured during the pre-season game against Berea Rovers. However, following a visit to a leading specialist, it was revealed that just one ligament has been damaged and that Andy will only require a period of rest and intense physio.

"It is great news for Andy and it is great news for us," said Head Coach John Connolly this morning. "The scans proved to be a little misleading and we are pleased to be able to say that Andy should be back available for selection within three weeks."

Bath Rugby's Head of Physical Preparation Chris Mallac also added, "The ankle is looking pretty good," he explained. "Further investigation showed that there was no damage done to the other two ligaments and therefore there is no need to operate. For Andy it is now a case of rest and physio. We hope to have him up and running next week."

Bath Rugby begin their Zurich Premiership campaign with a trip to Franklin's Gardens to take on Northampton Saints on Saturday (3pm).