Unlucky Quirke ruled out with foot injury

Unlucky Quirke ruled out with foot injury


Raffi Quirke’s dismal luck with injuries continued when a foot injury he picked up at Leinster last weekend that was initially thought to be minor will keep him out of action until just before the start of the Six Nations.

Little has gone right fitness wise for the Sale and England scrum-half in the last couple of seasons and his director of rugby Alex Sanderson intends to talk to the 22-year old about his approach to the game.

“Raffi was walking around the airport after the Leinster game without a medical boot and we thought he would be fit within a week,” said Sanderson.

“Then I got a call on Monday saying he had sprained ligaments and would be out for between four and six weeks, which is another blow on top of all that has gone before.

“I feel really sorry for the lad. There are no consistent injuries here – hamstring, wrist, jaw and now foot. It is just bad luck on bad luck and we will review the latest setback on a regular basis to see if we can get him back ahead of schedule.

“The way he plays makes him such a good player and I don’t know if you can pull him back. I am hoping in time he will get better in terms of decision-making about when to go for a gap and we have talked about him not sticking his head in rucks.

“I struggle to pull someone back but looking at the string of injuries he has accumulated then it is worth a conversation and I will address it in the next couple of weeks. He is just very powerful and maybe overly physical for his size and that leads to him picking up all of these injuries. I would rather make him more robust than take away his X-factor.”

More woe: Raffi Quirke is suffering with a foot problem

Sale’s England World Cup loosed-head prop Bevan Rodd is another who is set to miss out on the start of the Six Nations and he may need surgery to sort out a toe problem.

“Bevan has had another scan and he will be out for a bit longer,” said Sanderson. “He may need an operation to reattach a ligament in his toe and what we thought was a broken toe is now a ligament issue. We may not see him for a few weeks.”

Sanderson has given his squad four days off over Christmas as they have an eight-day turnaround before Saturday’s clash against Northampton at Franklin’s Gardens following Friday’s clash with Saracens.

“The timings work well for us,” he said. “It has been a hard start to the season and giving them a break means we can go against Saints neurologically refreshed.”

PAUL REES



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