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Bolt doctor puts Poolman in frame for Connacht

FORMER Stormers winger Danie Poolman could make his debut for Connacht this weekend following intensive treatment from the German doctor who got Usain Bolt into shape for his triple gold medal haul at the London Olympics.

Poolman (23) signed for Connacht on a three-year deal, but has been struggling with a hamstring injury that he picked up in his final game for the Stormers before leaving South Africa for the Sportsground during the summer.

The injury has not cleared up, so Connacht turned to Dr Hans Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt in Germany, the specialist who Bolt has described as the 'best doctor in the world.'

It is the second time this season that Connacht have turned to Dr Muller-Wohlfahrt, who has treated a variety of sporting celebrities over the years, including Bolt's track rival Yohan Blake, Europe's Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal, as well as footballers Jurgen Klinsmann, Ronaldo and Michael Owen.

In August, Connacht coach Eric Elwood sent promising centre Eoin Griffin to Germany for a week's treatment and since then, the Galway native has enjoyed an injury-free run and played in almost every game.

Now Elwood and his management team are hopeful that Poolman will finally be able to play after months of frustration.

"The treatment has gone well, so, hopefully, it will continue to stand up in training and Danie will be able to play," revealed Elwood.

Poolman could play against Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday and with Fetu'u Vainikolo being called into the Tongan squad for the autumn internationals, the availability of the South African could well prove very timely.

Irish Independent