Saturday 16 December 2017

Bolt doctor comes to Connacht rescue again

John Fallon

CONNACHT are hopeful that Usain Bolt's doctor will work his magic on one of their players for the third time this season.

Centre Kyle Tonetti has been out of action all season with a hamstring injury, but Connacht are hopeful he will be back in action in the next few weeks.

The 25-year old has just returned from being treated by German doctor Dr Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt, who got Bolt into shape for his haul of Olympic medals this summer.

The German doctor treated two other Connacht backs this season, Eoin Griffin and Danie Poolman, and both returned to action having recovered from troublesome hamstring injuries.

Connacht coach Eric Elwood said they were hopeful that Tonetti was on course for a return to full fitness.

"We are hopeful that the treatment will work as well for Kyle. It certainly worked for the other two boys and we sent Kyle to Germany in the hope he too would be sorted out.

"Kyle is still a week or two away from returning but he is working hard and, hopefully, the treatment has done the trick and he will be back in action shortly," said Elwood.

Elsewhere, Castres flanker Ibrahim Diarra has been cited for an alleged stamp on Warriors prop Moray Low in Sunday's 10-8 Heineken Cup victory over Glasgow.

The complaint will be heard in Dublin tomorrow and carries an entry point suspension of two weeks, with the top end ranging from nine weeks to a year.

Springboks and Blue Bulls lock Juandre Kruger has agreed a deal to join Top 14 big-spenders Racing Metro next season.

The 27-year-old South African represented his country in eight Tests since making his debut against England in June.

Kruger's contract with the Bulls expires in June 2013 and although the Pretoria-based outfit could secure his services until the end of next year's Super Rugby tournament, he opted for the move to Paris after that.

Bulls head coach Frans Ludeke said he understood why Kruger decided to leave.

"It is always good to know and to hear that your players are wanted all over the world, but unfortunately it is not always possible to hold on to them once those offers start coming in," he said.

Irish Independent

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