Cardiff Blues: Sam Warburton out for up to four months
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British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will be out of action for three to four months because of his hamstring injury.
The Wales and Cardiff Blues flanker, 24, suffered the injury in the second Test of the Lions tour of Australia.
Blues medic John Miles said a scan showed "the injury is already healing".
"He therefore does not need surgery but will require a period of rehabilitation between 12 to 16 weeks from the date of the injury," added Miles.
"His rehabilitation will focus on range of motion, flexibility and specific strengthening of the hamstring in order for him to return to full health."
Warburton sustained the injury during the second half of the Lions' second-Test defeat against the Wallabies in Melbourne on 29 June.
He subsequently missed the final Test in Sydney, which the Lions won 41-16 to clinch the series 2-1.
The flanker will now miss the start of the Blues' Pro12 campaign and is a doubt for the early rounds of the Heineken Cup pool stages.
But Warburton is expected to be fit for Wales' autumn Tests at the Millennium Stadium in November.
Warburton travelled to Australia nursing a knee injury that saw the open-side flanker sit out the warm-up match against the Barbarians in Hong Kong.
The previous year, his participation in Wales' tour to Australia had been in doubt after injuring a shoulder against France in the 2012 Six Nations in March.
A shoulder "stinger" suffered against Ireland also ruled Warburton out of the second round of the 2013 Six Nations away to France.
Warburton would have been unlikely to feature in the start of the Pro12 - which normally kicks off at the start of September - in common with other Lions players who will undergo a period of enforced rest.
I recently gave up on football as its so childish and bitter, I watched my first 2 rugby games recently (last 2 lions games, didnt fully understand it all but LOVED it!), im enjoying that rugby fans can actually get along maturly like adults, unlike football...
dont ruin the good rep rugby has
Thank you Sam for being a wonderful Lions captain.
"Seen as he's a useless rugby player"
If you actually seriously believe what you have written, your rugby knowledge is nil. In contrast, if you do have any rugby knowledge, you are simply posting to WUM.
P.s. I see Gav has made a good start in Bath !
@3 Take your petty grievances elsewhere, maybe the soccer boards (seems most fitting)?
Your life seems to be on the forums constantly attacking everything Welsh? I can't imagine why but your behaviour on here is despicable. What is sad is that you spend most your life doing it!
Warbuton = Respected Pro rugby player, Wales captain, Lions Captain
Landofhopeandglory = Bitter twisted person who has nothing better in life than this
Which person holds most respect?
Yeah. The whole BOD thing got poisonous- felt for Gatland. Robertson doesn't emerge with his reputation enhanced.
You can argue the most important single contribution to the Lions victory was made by a Scot
-Andy Irvine's decision to appoint Warren Gatland
re leading example? captain first test = won. captain second test = winning until he went off. that would appear to be pretty influential.
you're right though, richie gray was the standout in the tests.....
Have a feeling the tour would have been won in the second test if you hadn't picked up that injury. At least you have the memories of leading a successful lions tour to re-live whilst you recover!
He was injured during much of last season but why let a fact like that spoil a butt-hurt morons sledging, hey Bomber?
Would rather have a fit and fresh Sam for the 6N, key match at Twickenham as next time we will be there is in RWC.
So a repeat of SW's performance at HQ in 2012 will do nicely
With respect, nobody is likely to care for what you think...and as for butt-hurt? You going to shelve this post as well, 'tard?