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Barkley out for the season

07 March 2011

  • Olly Barkley to miss the rest of the season with double leg fracture
  • Gloucester compound Bath misery with 34-22 victory at Kingsholm
Bath's Olly Barkley is stretchered from the field with a double leg break

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Bath have confirmed centre Olly Barkley will miss the rest of the season after having an operation to repair a double leg fracture.

Barkley was carried off wearing an oxygen mask during the second-half of Bath's defeat by Gloucester, following a lengthy delay while he was treated on the Kingsholm pitch by paramedics.

He suffered a fracture to his lower tibia and fibular and underwent surgery immediately after the game, with the operation declared a success.

And Bath have vowed to do everything they can to help Barkley regain full fitness.

Director of rugby Sir Ian McGeechan told the club's official site: "It is obviously very disappointing for Olly to suffer an injury of this nature, especially as he had been playing so well recently, and at such an important part of the season.

"It is doubly disappointing for Olly and the club as he also missed much of last season with a bad leg injury.

"We will of course make sure he receives the best possible medical attention to get him back on the field as and when he is ready."

Barkley's departure, which came after his team-mate Butch James appeared to fall on him, completed a dismal day for Bath as they suffered a 34-22 defeat.

You are only as good as your next game - Redpath

Tom Voyce of Gloucester moves past Luke Watson to score his second try during the Aviva Premiership victory over Bath clash at Kingsholm

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Head coach Steve Meehan added: "I think we invited Gloucester in today and they accepted the invitation.

"Our breakdown wasn't as good as it had been, or needed to be, and our decision-making to get out of our defensive third wasn't particularly composed.

"We had some good opportunities to score more tries, but our decision-making, accuracy and execution let us down. We let ourselves down and our supporters down with that performance."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath said: "We had a lot of control in the first-half. We created quite a lot, but didn't capitalise because of our own mistakes.

"But in general, the scrum was strong, collectively we were good and we didn't panic or try to force things in the wrong areas of the pitch. But you are only as good as your next game, not your last one.

"Harlequins away in three weeks' time is massive, then we have a huge eight days in April with Leicester away, Northampton at home on a Tuesday night and then Saracens away.

"Some big challenges lie ahead that will determine whether or not we make the top four, top six or whatever. All we can do is keep plugging away. We are doing all right - I am chuffed for the players."

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