Rugby Union: Roche avoids surgery despite fracture
Irish flanker Kieran Roche will not need to undergo surgery when his eye socket was fractured after he appeared to be elbowed in the face by Perpignan prop Perry FreshwaterLONDON, Deemberc 17, 2007 - London Irish flanker Kieran Roche will not
need to undergo surgery after his eye socket was fractured during a European
Cup tie last weekend, the English Premiership club said in a statement here
Roche will now be out of action for at least four weeks, with the extent of
his injury still uncertain.
He appeared to be elbowed in the face by Perpignan prop Perry Freshwater
during the course of a 23-6 win for the hosts in France on Saturday.
The Exiles' back-row, unable to see out of his left eye after the game, has
since had treatment in both France and England.
London Irish's statement said: "Kieran Roche took a blow direct to his left
eye in the 33rd minute of the Heineken (European) Cup game with Perpignan last
Saturday. Following treatment at the stadium by London Irish's medical staff
he was taken to Perpignan Hospital where he saw an eye specialist.
"A CT scan revealed a fracture to the eye socket and damage to his eye.
Kieran was seen by a surgeon and ophthalmologist in London on Monday. They
confirmed the original damage to his eye socket and eye.
"Kieran has been advised that surgery will not be needed and that his eye
should be allowed to settle before a further examination takes place. He will
be out of action for at least four weeks."
The statement added: "Kieran would like to thank London Irish supporters
and the wider rugby community for the many messages he has received wishing
him a speedy recovery.
England forward Freshwater was cited Monday under both rugby union Law
10.4a ("a player must not strike an opponent with the fist or arm, including
the elbow, shoulder, head or knee(s)") and Law 10.4(k) ("acts contrary to good
Tournament organisers European Rugby Cup said Monday an independent
disciplinary committee would be appointed "as soon as is practicable."