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Bayonne lose Lovobalavu for season

19th February 2014 07:44

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Bayonne s center Gabiriele Lovobalavu L is tackled by Clermont

Season over: Gabiriele Lovobalavu

Top 14 strugglers Bayonne's battle to avoid relegation suffered a blow as Fijian international centre Gabiriele Lovobalavu was ruled out of the rest of the campaign because of a knee injury.

The 28-year-old - who has scored two tries in his 11 appearances this season - suffered a badly twisted right knee in the early stages of last Saturday's Top 14 18-8 defeat by Racing-Metro.

The medical staff said that he would be out for at least four months and will undergo an operation in the coming days.

It is the second time that the former Toulon player has injured his knee this season, he tore ligaments in his left knee in the home match with Racing-Metro last September.

Bayonne are presently third from bottom of the Top 14, four points ahead of Oyonnax, although the latter have two games in hand on them.

Bayonne's fellow Basque side Biarritz look certain to be one of the two that go down as they are bottom, 17 points adrift of Oyonnax.

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FixtureDetails
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Top 14
Friday , April 18
Castres vs Montpellier20:45
Saturday , April 19
Oyonnax vs Toulouse14:55
Perpignan vs Toulon17:00
Grenoble vs Bayonne18:30
Racing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne18:30
Biarritz vs Brive18:30
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
Saturday , May 3
Toulouse vs Grenoble15:00
Toulon vs Stade Francais15:00
Montpellier vs Racing Metro Paris15:00
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Saturday , April 12
Bordeaux-Begles 20 - 22 ToulonBordeaux-Begles vs Toulon Report
Perpignan 22 - 12 Oyonnax
Bayonne 24 - 19 Stade Francais
Toulouse 16 - 9 BriveToulouse vs Brive Report
Racing Metro Paris 37 - 7 Biarritz
Grenoble 30 - 36 Montpellier
Friday , April 11
Clermont Auvergne 23 - 11 CastresClermont Auvergne vs Castres Report
Saturday , April 5
Oyonnax 26 - 12 Bordeaux-BeglesOyonnax vs Bordeaux-Begles Report
Saturday , March 29
Stade Francais 22 - 32 Racing Metro ParisStade Francais vs Racing Metro Paris Report
Oyonnax 40 - 13 Grenoble
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Top 14 Table
PosTeamPPts
1Montpellier2470
2Toulon2469
3Clermont Auvergne2469
4Racing Metro Paris2465
5Toulouse2462