Fickou likely done for the season

Date published: March 29 2015

France centre Gaël Fickou looks set to miss the rest of the season after he suffered a knee injury against Toulon on Saturday.

The Toulouse youngster collided with international teammate Mathieu Bastareaud in the first half of the game at the Vélodrome, appearing to be knocked out cold as the pair contested a high ball.

As he fell back to the ground, Fickou's knee gave way under him, and according to reports in France, his ACL was touched by the incident, although he hasn't ruptured the ACL.

That means he will miss the remainder of the season for Toulouse, although coach Guy Novès revealed that he wouldn't need an operation.

Fickou remained positive over the news, and hopes that he might yet return if Toulouse reach the play-offs.

"It's quite reassuring. I should be able to come back in two months," he told L'Equipe. "If Stade qualify for the play-offs, which I hope they do, I've got a good chance of featuring.

"I can't remember what happened, I got a big knock to the head and was knocked out. It's a bit like boxers who injure themselves as they fall after being knocked out. Mathieu  (Bastareaud) came to see me after the game to say we'd both gone up for the ball, but I didn't see him at all."

It's still a massive blow for both player and club though. Toulouse have already lost Alexis Palisson and Clément Poitrenaud to season-ending injuries, while Fickou now seems a long shot to make the World Cup.

He had impressed against England in the final game of the Six Nations, but seems unlikely to be ready when Philippe Saint-André announces his initial 36-man squad on May 19th.