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Double neck surgery - Scarlets wing

02nd January 2014 14:43


Simon Easterby Scarlets coach 2013

Scarlets coach: Simon Easterby

Scarlets and Wales Sevens wing Mike Poole is recovering in hospital after surgery to repair a neck fracture and dislocation.

Poole sustained the horrific injuries while playing for Llanelli in their Principality Premiership fixture against Swansea at St Helens on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who had scored two tries in the game, underwent two surgeries after being transferred from Swansea's Morriston Hospital to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff.

"Mike's injury was serious. The surgery undertaken has been successful and thankfully there has been no loss of function as a result of the injury," Scarlets' medical chief Andy Walker told Wales Online.

"He will undergo a further CT scan later to ascertain whether he will need one further operation.

"However, to date, he has progressed well, the injury has been stabilised and he is recovering.

"On behalf of Mike, his family and the Scarlets we would like to express our gratitude to all the staff and medical teams at both Morriston and Heath Hospitals for their excellent work as they continue to monitor him.

"He is expected to remain in hospital for another week."

Poole, often prolific at Premiership level, has a history of serious injuries, having endured lengthy spells on the sidelines with several knee problems.

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