Romain Ntamack will be out for six to eight weeks, having suffered from a double fracture of his jaw, his club said on Wednesday. The opener of the XV of France is already certain to miss the first match of the 6 Nations Tournament against Italy. And most likely the second, in Ireland.
Hard blow confirmed for Toulouse and the XV of France. Operated on Tuesday for a double fracture of the jaw, Romain Ntamack will be absent ” around six to eight weeks », As Clément Poitrenaud said, the coach of the Toulouse backs, this Wednesday. Affected after a shock received in the 27th minute of the match against Union Bordeaux-Bègles (45-23), counting for the 12th day of Top 14, the French opener has since been operated but will now have to take his pain in patience.
Emile’s son will have to stop training for two weeks following the operation to respect the ” immobilization phase ” ensuing. The French international with 18 selections (123 points) will only be able to resume physical preparation from mid-January, as specified by the Toulouse staff, before the trip to Montpellier on January 2 for the 13th day. from Top 14.
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As a result, Ntamack will miss the first match of the XV of France during the 6 Nations Tournament, which will take place on February 6 in Rome, six weeks after his operation. Package against Squadra Azzurra, the Toulouse will probably also be against Ireland, February 14 in Dublin. Fabien Galthié, the French manager, will logically have to wait for the 3rd meeting of the competition, namely the reception of Scotland on February 28, to be able to again line up his opening half.
Without Ntamack, Galthié should maintain his confidence in Matthieu Jalibert, Bordeaux number 10, and Louis Carbonel, the Toulonnais, present for the end of the Autumn Nations Cup between November and December. On the Toulouse side, it will also be necessary to compose without its opener, who will miss at least the Top 14 matches against Montpellier, the Stade Français and La Rochelle, but also those of the Champions Cup against Exeter and Ulster, decisive for the qualification for the quarter-finals of the competition.