Marconnet’s World Cup looking bleak

France prop Sylvain Marconnet’s hopes of being fit for the Rugby World Cup are hanging in the balance after he was told he will not return to training before August.

The Stade Francais star underwent surgery on Tuesday after fracturing his fibula and tibia in a skiing accident at the weekend.

Philippe Landreau, the surgeon who carried out the operation, revealed Marconnet’s injury was “complex” and expects the 30-year-old, capped 71 times for Les Bleus, to be out of action for five months.

With the World Cup beginning at the start of September, Marconnet faces a race against time to be fully fit for the showpiece, which is being held in his home country.

“The fracture was a big one, quite complex. Fortunately, it is not an open fracture,” said Landreau.

“For a simple fracture, it is three months (out of action). After a fracture like this one, in order to have a proper strengthening of the bone, it is a minimum three months, but perhaps more.”

When asked when the front-row forward would be back in training, Landreau said it would only be at the start of August.

“But to recover completely, it is six months. And six months – that is September 6, when France play Argentina. We have spoken to Sylvain (Marconnet) about it and he has made his calculations,” said Landreau.

“That Sylvain will have recovered in six months, I have no doubt. But what state will he be in?”

Only time will tell whether the veteran prop will line up with his teammates in his home country for the much aniticipated World Cup.

365 Digital

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