Surgery blow for Bleyendaal

Date published: September 10 2014

Canterbury and soon-to-be Munster fly-half Tyler Bleyendaal has suffered a neck injury, ruling him out for an indefinite period of time.

Canterbury and soon-to-be Munster back Tyler Bleyendaal has suffered a neck injury that is set to put him out of action for an indefinite period of time.

The 24-year-old sustained a prolapsed disc which has ruled him out of the remainder of the ITM Cup campaign, with the player's return date uncertain.

Canterbury released a statement ahead of the classy fly-half's surgery and hoped he would be back on the rugby field at some point during 2015.

“I would obviously love to be playing this final season out with my teammates, but I hope to be able to continue to contribute to this team in other ways off the field. I am working with Munster to plan the rehab process and I'm looking forward to contributing to their campaign once I have fully recovered,” Bleyendaal said about the setback.

Meanwhile, Canterbury head coach Scott Robertson said Bleyendaal's presence on the field would be sorely missed.

“Tyler is such a talented and smart player so losing him for the rest of the season is a big blow,” he said.

“But even though he's unable to contribute on the field, he'll still be taking part in our other team preparations and will continue to play a significant role in other areas such as strategy, where his skills are second to none.

“Everyone in the team is gutted for Tyler but we are just wishing him the best possible recovery so he can get out on the footy field again soon.”