Heineken Cup - Roberts blow for Wales and Blues

Eurosport - Mon, 12 Jul 10:26:00 2010

Star centre Jamie Roberts will miss Wales' autumn internationals and the start of Cardiff Blues' Heineken Cup campaign due to a wrist injury.

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Roberts (pictured) will have an operation next week on the injury suffered while playing for the British & Irish Lions in South Africa last year.

The surgery will sideline the 23-year-old for Wales' November clashes with Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand, as well the opening rounds of the Heineken Cup.

It is a huge blow for Wales and the Blues as Roberts was one of his country's star performers on their tour to New Zealand this summer and played a huge part in Cardiff's European Challenge Cup triumph last season.

“I injured my wrist during the second Test in South Africa last year summer," Cardiff University medical student Roberts said in a statement.

"I had a couple of MRI scans which unfortunately didn't pick up the injury and it wasn't until the surgeon had a look with a camera into the joint at the end of the season that the full extent of the injury was diagnosed.

“Unfortunately it needs an operation to stabilize the wrist. I played all of last season with a lot of pain in my wrist and so it is logical to get it sorted as soon as possible.

“It's pretty disappointing to be missing more or less the first half of the season, but I will certainly use the time whilst injured to rid my body of any niggles I have and come back to the field in good nick and aim to lift more silverware with the Blues.”

The Blues have been drawn in Pool 1 of the Heineken Cup alongside Northampton, Edinburgh and Castres and play their opening fixture on the weekend of October 9-10.

Terence O’Rorke / Eurosport

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