Authors: Rio Sports
Demetri Catrakilis, the Harlequins fly-half who stopped breathing after sustaining a broken bone in his throat when trying to tackle the Gloucester centre Andy Symons during the Premiership match at the Stoop on Saturday, remained in hospital on Monday but will not need surgery.
The 28-year old South African, a summer recruit from Montpellier, was injured in the 12th minute. Symons charged at him from a scrum and, as Jamie Roberts joined Catrakilis in stopping him, the centre was lifted slightly from the ground and his left shoulder caught the fly-half in the throat.
Catrakilis received medical attention and was given an oxygen mask before being taken from the field on a stretcher. “We needed to get him to hospital,” the Quins director of rugby, John Kingston, said after the match. “He did not breathe for a few seconds and when you get a blockage like that, it is something you have to react quickly to.”
Harlequins said in a statement on Monday: “Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester. We will provide a further update when available.”
Quins, who face last season’s beaten Premiership finalists Wasps in Coventry on Sunday, have cover at fly-half in Marcus Smith, who started the opening game of the campaign against London Irish, and Tim Swiel, who started eight matches at 10 last season.
Leicester will learn this week whether the independent concussion review group will investigate the Tigers’ failure to take off the flanker Dominic Ryan for a head injury assessment after he needed treatment following a tackle on the Northampton wing George North.
Replays suggested Ryan took an elbow to the head, but Leicester said that the two medics who examined the forward concluded he was winded and, after treatment, Ryan remained on the field.
Meanwhile, Pat Lambie is set to join the exodus of South African players in Europe. The fly-half, who can play at full-back, is lined up to join Racing 92 by the end of the month if he secures the expected release from his Springboks contract.
Lambie, who has won 56 caps, has not played for South Africa this year because of injury. He will remain available for the Springboks, who are touring Europe this autumn, under the 30-cap rule that applies to players who are based outside the country.
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