Tuesday 20 February 2018

Toulon's James O'Connor denies he suffered heart attack on team bus

James O'Connor
James O'Connor

Toulon's Australian wing James O'Connor has denied he suffered a heart attack on the team bus following a match against Oyonnax last week.

O'Connor will be sidelined for at least three weeks after feeling unwell and undergoing hospital checks and it was reported in France that he suffered a heart attack and receives treatment from team-mates.

But O'Connor took to Twitter to state he did not suffer a heart attack.

"No heart attack..Hypoglycemia & game/training fatigue. All tests were very positive.  Wish I could play 2moro but RCT resting me for 2 weeks!" he said.

"Thanks to everyone for your concern & supportive messages. I'm just looking forward to getting back onto the field soon, stronger than ever."

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte confirmed on RMC radio on Friday that O'Connor was taken to hospital.

"James O'Connor felt unwell in the bus taking the team back from the Oyonnax game (last Sunday),"

"The medical staff decided to take him to hospital and he underwent a considerable series of tests."

French media reported that O'Connor had suffered a heart attack.

"I can reassure everyone he's fine," said Laporte. "He will play rugby again but he will undergo further tests next week.

"James will miss three weeks, maybe four weeks of competition."

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