l’essentielOn Saturday morning, the FFR releases an update on the player injured against Namibia.
Can we see, in the latest information delivered early this Saturday, September 23rd, by the French Rugby Federation, some good news? The captain of the French XV Antoine Dupont, who suffered a jaw fracture on Thursday, September 21st against Namibia in the group stage (96-0), underwent surgery on Friday evening, reveals the federation in a statement.
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And to continue: « In a few days », the scrum-half « will be able to return to the French team in a progressive sports recovery process under medical supervision ». No further details were provided.
In any case, the sent message is extremely positive, even if the exact date of resumption is not yet known. Surgeon Eric Solyom explains in the columns of La Dépêche du Midi that, in his opinion, a minimum of four weeks is the most common period of unavailability in such cases. However, this could depend on the nature of the injury itself and sometimes, even with surgery, sports activities can be resumed after one week.
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As soon as the impact occurred on Thursday evening at the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille, the anxiety was evident on Antoine Dupont’s face. He immediately went to the hospital with Stade Toulousain President Didier Lacroix and returned to Toulouse on Friday to seek advice from various specialists at the University Hospital Center in Toulouse.
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On the French team’s side, the hope of seeing Antoine Dupont return, at least for the final stages (starting from October 15, quarter-finals), has never left the players or the staff. « For us, Antoine has not finished the competition, » said Laurent Labit, the attack coach, on Friday.