Seriously injured in the left knee during the defeat of Lyon in Brive on Sunday, the center of LOU Mathieu Bastareaud will not play again this season.
The first quarter of an hour of the match between Brive and Lyon caused damage on Sunday during the 12th day of the Top 14, with the injury outings of Jonathan Wisniewski, Thomas Laranjeira and Mathieu Bastareaud. We know the diagnosis for the latter, and it is severe: rupture of the quadriceps tendon of the left knee and season ended. “End of season. Now we are looking straight ahead to get back in 2021. Thank you all for your posts, ”the 32-year-old center wrote on his Twitter account. The former French international (54 caps, 5 tries) was out in the 15th minute of the match, replaced by Colby Fainga’a. The LOU finally lost 12-8 in Corrèze, to find itself fifth in the Top 14 standings (29 points), but with two games behind the first two, La Rochelle (39pts) and Toulouse (38pts).
Returned to Lyon at the start of the season, after a shortened adventure in New York (5 games, 2 tries) due to the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the Major League Rugby season, Mathieu Bastareaud played 10 Top 14 matches (including 9 as a starter, one try against Racing 92) and one in the Champions Cup (one try against Gloucester) since September. Under contract until June 2022, he will now have to undergo surgery, before hoping to return for the start of next season.
After four seasons at the Stade Français then eight in Toulon, the native of Créteil had signed in Lyon as a joker World Cup in the fall of 2019, since he had not been selected for the Japanese World Cup by Jacques Brunel, before to join the United States. His Lyon adventure is once again interrupted. No doubt he will want to finish it (or continue it?) In style in 2021-22.
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