Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Month of Hell for Wilkinson

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Rugby Union: Month of Hell for Wilkinson

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Byline: Alan Hedley

EWCASTLE Falcons' fans may not see much more of Jonny Wilkinson until well into the New Year.

The former England fly-half has been told not to run, train or do anything for a month after his latest injury which is a lacerated kidney, the result of a big, but perfectly legal hit in last Friday's Premiership win over Bristol.

The injury immediately rules Wilkinson out of tonight's clash with Harlequins at Kingston Park (7.45) and possibly for the next three months.

It's Wilkinson's tenth injury since landing the drop goal to win the World Cup for England nearly three years ago. He hasn't pulled on a white shirt since.

"I can't really pinpoint the hit which did the damage," said Wilkinson, "but I think I must have taken a hit through the front of my stomach which smashed my kidney into a rib which then lacerated the kidney.

"I felt it but was able to carry on. I don't think it really hindered the way I was playing, but the annoying fact is it seems playing on may have made it a lot worse.

"Kidneys do heal quite quickly, but the specialist has seen the scans and says that I cannot do anything at all for at least a month. I'm so disappointed."

With the best will in the world, Wilkinson will need time to get back to full fitness and Newcastle director of rugby John Fletcher is resigned to being without Wilkinson for as much as three months, But he is convinced Wilkinson will be back and could still play a part in England's Six Nations Championship campaign.

"The first four weeks will see Jonny having to be totally inactive which will be hard for Jonny, knowing him as we do," said Fletcher.

"Then it's rehab and it's probably going to take him eight or even 12 weeks to get back.

"The first most important thing is that he gets back for him, the second most important thing is that he gets back for the club and then the next most important thing is that he gets back for England."

Meanwhile, Fletcher insists his side can put their bad injury luck behind them tonight although they will be without Wilkinson, prop Micky Ward and No.8 Phil Dowson while Jamie Noon and Toby Flood are away on international duty. …

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