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Broken leg puts Sackey’s Lions tour in doubt


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Paul Sackey says that he fears that he will miss out on playing for the British and Irish Lions this year after discovering that he had broken his leg without knowing.

Sackey who plays for last year’s Guinness Premiership champions, London Wasps will continue to be monitored by the Wasps physio team this week as his team struggles in this season’s Premiership where they are currently down in 10th place.

Reaching the play offs seems unlikely as does their participation in next season’s Heineken Cup where they will have to finish much nearer to the top this season in order to to qualify.

Sackey was England’s top try scorer in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and with a try strike rate of 50% per match for England he was a strong possibility for the touring Lions until he went to Dublin a month ago and unknowingly broke his leg.

During the Six Nations match he collided with his England teammate Mike Tindall and what was last week diagnosed as heavy bone-bruising has turned out to be more serious. “The bone specialist has told me that I did actually break it,” revealed Sackey

Sackey will miss Wednesday’s Premiership match at Bath and runs the real risk of missing out on the Lions tour as they insist that they will only select fit and in-form players.

“I’m gutted. I just hope the Lions don’t forget the strength of my performances over the year.”Sackey said told The Mirror.

“Becoming a Lion is my dream and I’d be devastated to miss out. It would be one of the worst moments of my career.

“People had this perception of me as a party boy and a joker, but I’ve worked really hard over the last two years to try and become a Lion.”



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