Tuesday 17 September 2019

Massive blow for Connacht as Bundee Aki ruled out until February

Bundee Aki of Connacht is out until mid-February
Bundee Aki of Connacht is out until mid-February

Connacht have been dealt a huge blow with the news that Bundee Aki will undergo ankle surgery this week and will be out of action until the middle of February.

Pat Lam today named the province's starting 15 to face Ulster in tomorrow's Pro12 clash and said that the last week has been one of "his most challenging" at Connacht.

“This week has probably been the most challenging I’ve had at Connacht Rugby with all the injuries, sickness and the group only coming together yesterday," said Lam.

"Losing both Bundee (Aki) and Conor (Carey) to long term injuries is a big blow especially with our injury crisis at prop and midfield. With 21 injuries in our squad it’s an opportunity for the next player still standing to come in and nail his role in our structures and systems.

“With the named squad not even training once together this week, there has been a huge emphasis once again on the classroom learning and mental preparation. I was really proud of the boys with the work they put in last week and the character they showed in adversity to grind out a big win. We’ll be looking for the same again this Friday night, albeit in a much tougher environment at a sold out Kingspan Stadium and against a quality side like Ulster.

“We know we don’t have a good record up in Belfast but that just means this is a huge opportunity for us to create something special as a group. We’re really looking forward to the challenge.”

Friday December 23rd, kick off 19:35, Kingspan Stadium

(Connacht caps in brackets)

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