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Giteau to have scan on injured knee

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CA Brumbies centre Matt Giteau will have an MRI scan on his injured left knee this Tuesday (21 March) to determine his availability for Saturday’s Tooheys New Super 14 clash with the Chiefs at Canberra Stadium.


Giteau aggravated a knee injury whilst representing Australia in Rugby Sevens’ at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne last week.


The 23-year-old was forced out of Australia’s bronze medal play-off with Fiji at the Commonwealth Games after receiving a blow to his knee, in the same area that he had suffered a knock playing for the Brumbies against the Cats at Canberra Stadium earlier this month.


“Matt had suffered some bone bruising from an earlier blow (against the Cats) and had recovered, although he has taken another knock in the same place during the Commonwealth Games,” explained Brumbies team doctor Warren McDonald.


“It’s just a precautionary scan and hopefully the injury will settle down throughout the week and he’ll be fit to take his place in the team this Saturday,” said McDonald.


Giteau’s replacement for last Saturday’s loss to the Blues in Auckland, Gene Fairbanks, is also in doubt for Saturday’s match with a knee injury.


Fairbanks strained the medial ligament in his left knee and will be monitored throughout the week before a decision is made on his availability for the weekend clash.


In a major boost for the Brumbies, hooker Jeremy Paul is eyeing a return to action this weekend after spending five weeks on the sidelines with a torn calf muscle.


Paul injured the calf during the Brumbies’ season-opening victory over the Western Force in Perth, and is likely to be named on the reserves bench for Saturday’s clash providing he can complete training sessions today and tomorrow (Tuesday).


CA Brumbies Head Coach Laurie Fisher will delay naming his team for the weekend clash until Thursday.


Saturday’s clash with the Chiefs at Canberra Stadium kicks off at the special afternoon time of 4.30pm.

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