Clermont crippled by more injuries

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56
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Clermont received fresh injury concerns on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's crunch clash with Harlequins as Regan King and Damien Chouly were both ruled out.

Clermont received fresh injury concerns on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's crunch European Cup clash with Harlequins as New Zealand centre Regan King and France No.8 Damien Chouly were both ruled out.

The news comes just a day after captain Julien Bonnaire and scrumhalf Thierry Lacrampe were also ruled out of the Pool Four encounter.

Former All Black international King, who will return to Welsh region Scarlets next season, pulled a calf muscle last week and will be out for six weeks, Clermont said.

Clermont said shoulder injury victim Chouly would also miss the game, although the player himself took to Twitter to reveal "nothing is broken", and added that he hoped to recover in time for Saturday.

On top of those absences, and that of regular first-choice scrumhalf Morgan Parra, Clermont are also sweating on the fitness of lock Julien Pierre, who has a back injury, and prop Daniel Kotze, who suffered a partial shoulder dislocation during Sunday's 12-19 defeat at Toulouse.

Clermont said a decision will be taken on Pierre and Kotze's fitness at the end of the week.

On the plus side, Clermont are set to welcome back from injury centre Aurelien Rougerie (ribs), Portugal flank Julien Bardy (ribs), Samoan back row Fritz Lee (chest), Canada lock Jamie Cudmore (knock) and flank Alexandre Lapandry (ankle).

Clermont top the pool ahead of Quins by four points but the two sides meet in their penultimate game at Twickenham Stoop.

With only the group winners assured of qualifying for the European Cup quarterfinals, neither side can afford to lose this match.

Clermont's final pool match will be at home to Top 14 rivals Racing Metro on January 19 while Quins will travel to Scarlets.


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Pool 1
Team P W D L Pts
Saracens 2 2 0 0 9
Toulouse 2 1 0 1 4
Oyonnax 1 0 0 1 1
Ulster 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 2
Team P W D L Pts
Ospreys 2 1 0 1 6
Clermont Auvergne 1 1 0 0 5
Exeter Chiefs 2 1 0 1 5
Bordeaux 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 3
Team P W D L Pts
Northampton Saints 2 2 0 0 8
Racing Metro 1 1 0 0 5
Scarlets 2 0 0 2 1
Glasgow Warriors 1 0 0 1 0
Pool 4
Team P W D L Pts
Leicester Tigers 2 2 0 0 10
Munster 1 1 0 0 5
Stade Francais 1 0 0 1 0
Treviso 2 0 0 2 0
Pool 5
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 2 2 0 0 9
Bath 1 1 0 0 4
Leinster 2 0 0 2 1
Toulon 1 0 0 1 0