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El Abd out for the season

26th February 2014 10:52

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Experienced: Joe El Abd

Oyonnax have been dealt a major blow with the news that veteran English flanker Joe El Abd has been ruled out for the season.

The 34-year-old suffered a pectoral injury against Stade Franšais that will require surgery, keeping him out of Oyonnax's fight for survival.

Last season's ProD2 champions have impressed this season and are only four points clear of safety with two games in hand.

However they will have to try and escape relegation without the experience of El Abd, who previously spent six years with Bristol before a three-year stint and over 50 games for Toulon.

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