Rugby Union: James Has Op as Knee Injury Drags On

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Rugby Union: James Has Op as Knee Injury Drags On


Byline: Phil Blanche

STEVE JAMES has revealed his growing frustration with a ``chronic'' knee injury that will rule him out for the next month.

The Glamorgan captain will have a minor operation today to clear up an on-going knee problem that has disrupted his two-and-a-bit seasons as club captain.

``I've had a problem with the knee for some time and it's not ideal when the captain is missing games and is not in the side,'' said James, who missed last week's championship contest with Hampshire.

``But I suppose Crofty (Robert Croft) is used to it now and he will do a good job in my place. ``All my thoughts at the moment are on the operation. I haven't set a comeback date, I haven't even looked at the fixtures.''

Since taking over the captaincy at the start of the 2001 campaign James has missed 10 championship fixtures as well as the climax to last season's Norwich Union League title.

The knee problem flared up again during the opening draw at Derbyshire two weeks ago and a combination of draining fluid from the kneecap and an anti-inflammatory injection failed to relieve the pain.

``It's a bit of a chronic injury and there was a lot of swelling around the kneecap,'' said James.

``I felt it as soon as I started batting in the second innings at Derby. …

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