Michalak dislocates shoulder

Date published: September 14 2014

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Toulon fly-half Frédéric Michalak is facing a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder on Saturday against Stade Français.

Toulon and France fly-half Frédéric Michalak is facing a spell on the sidelines after dislocating his shoulder in Saturday's Top 14 defeat to Stade Français.

The veteran French international injured the same shoulder that was operated on last year early in the second half of the 28-24 loss at Stade Felix Mayol.

“Fred (Michalak) was hurt in the operated shoulder, the shoulder is dislocated,” said Toulon manager Bernard Laporte, who lamented the large number of injuries affecting his team.

“It's more serious than Romain,” said Laporte, referring to the lock Romain Taofifenua, who suffered a knee injury late in the first half.

Michalak required surgery after dislocating his left shoulder in June last year against the All Blacks, ruling him out of the start of the following Top 14 season.

Another French international, Stade Français second row Pascal Papé, was also injured on Saturday, leaving the field just before the hour mark with a painful ankle.

“It's not very serious yet for Papé, we'll wait for the scans,” said Stade coach Gonzalo Quesada.

“It's premature to say – it's like a sprained ankle , there has a pretty painful area. We will see, often these injuries heal quickly, hopefully it will be nothing.”

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