Bedford Blues have been dealt a blow to their front row after tighthead prop James Currie was ruled out for up to three months following ankle surgery. Currie, 25, had been in fine form this season but suffered a knock to his ankle during the first half of the Blues’ 46-28 win over Rotherham Titans on October 16 which forced him off the field.
The former Bath Academy and Worcester man had a scan carried out which revealed that he had suffered a rupture of his retinaculum and has also split the tendon and he underwent surgery last week.
Speaking about the setback, Blues director of rugby Mike Rayer said: “Everyone is gutted for James as he started the season so well and has probably been our most consistent performer to date.
He is obviously disappointed but has responded well to surgery and I’m sure that he’ll be doing everything he can to get back into action sooner rather than later.”
Rayer continued: “While this is a setback, the other tight heads in the squad will have to step up to the plate and take the opportunity. They are all more than capable and James will be in the background working with Martin Hynse in analysing opposition and the lads performances.”
There was good news from the physio’s bench this week, though, as hooker Sam James (ankle) and Number 8 Joel Conlon (knee) have both returned to action after injury while all of the Blues who suffered concussions against Jersey have been cleared to return to action.
Rayer added: “A huge amount of credit has to go to the medical team who have been extremely busy over the past eight weeks.
“They’ve done a brilliant job and it is great to see the squad nearing full fitness as we head into a very tough period of the Championship season alongside the British & Irish Cup.”