Wales flanker Dan Lydiate suffered a nasty blow to the head in their pool game against Fiji which left him unavailable for the next match against Australia after he suffered damage to his eye socket.
Surgery was needed to repair the injury, and some thought that Lydiate would be ruled out for a significant period of time, you know, because he needed surgery to fix his damaged eye socket, but no, Lydiate is available for selection against South Africa, as Warren Gatland revealed today:
He won’t need any extra protection. He just had a little plate inserted into his eye socket. He was fit last week, but we made the decision that we didn’t select him, so he’s fine now.
Just a little plate inserted into his eye socket, he's fine.
What other sport, let alone one that involves regular physical contact, would you see a player miss one game for a quick spot of eye socket surgery?
Lydiate is expect to start opposite Sam Warburton in the Welsh back-row against South Africa, and Gatland will be hoping not only that his side can emerge victorious, but that his players can manage to avoid injury, something that has proven very difficult for them so far in this World Cup.
via Wales Online.