Michalak in World Cup ‘race’

French fly-half Frederic Michalak faces a race against time to prove himself ahead of the World Cup next September and October in his home country


Michalak went under the knife on Friday to repair a ruptured knee ligament, an operation that “went well” according to his Toulouse club doctor Albert Sadacca.

The France player ruptured an interior ligament in his right knee when he crashed to the ground five minutes before half-time in the previous Friday’s French championship win against Bourgoin.

Having the operation means Michalak will be sidelined for at least four months, putting him out of contention for France’s Six Nations campaign.

And when he finally does return, he will have little time to force his way back into France coach Bernard Laporte’s World Cup reckoning.

If Michalak had opted not to undergo surgery he could have returned in just three months’ time.

The match against Bourgoin had marked Michalak’s return to action following another knee injury that had sidelined him for two months.

His last appearance for France came in the Six Nations against Wales on March 18.

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