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Flatman to seek specialist opinion on Achillies injury

30 June 2004

David Flatman will get the opinion of two specialists on Friday and Monday to determine the full extent of the Achilles injury that has been affecting him since the end of last season.

The 24-year-old prop sustained the injury prior to Bath Rugby's Zurich Premiership match against NEC Harlequins. Although he went on England's tour to New Zealand and Australia and was well rested, David has still been experiencing pain when running."

Bath Rugby's Head of Physical Preparation Chris Mallac said, "David will be getting the opinion of two specialists to determine where we go from here. He will have more scans and the surgeons may have to undergo exploratory surgery to look at the tendon. At the moment it is a little uncertain as to how long his recovery time will be."

However, there is better news for Matt Stevens. The prop sustained a medial ligament injury during England's summer tour, but despite early indications not being good, Matt will be fit in time for thee start of the new domestic season.

"Matt has a grade two medial ligament injury and has his knee in a brace," said Mallac. "He has gone back to South Africa for a couple of weeks to see family and will be getting treatment whilst out there. He should be back running by the end of July and will then be available for Bath Rugby's pre-season trials."