Leicester Tigers captain Martin Corry in an injury concern ahead of this weekend’s crunch Heineken Cup quarter-final against Stade Francais Paris.
Corry took a blow to his left elbow in the first half of his side’s EDF Energy Cup semi-final victory over Sale Sharks last Saturday and will undergo medical assessment today to determine the extent of the injury.
Corry was one of three England players to pick up an injury in the Millennium Stadium match – which the Tigers won 29-19 – and will wait for a today; he may be more optimistic than Andrew Sheridan, the Sale Sharks prop, who must have a scan on the medial ligaments of his right knee, while Mark Cueto – who did not even make Sale’s starting XV – could be out for a month with a calf strain.
But the injury to Corry could prove merely a temporary problem and Leicester’s injury concerns are far less significant than that of their opposition who have lost a raft of forwards in recent weeks.
Stade Francais Paris coach Fabien Galthie must be feeling the world is against him after losing four key forwards for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Leicester Tigers.
Sylvain Marconnet is out for four months after breaking his leg in two places while skiing at the weekend and skipper and second row David Auradou has been ruled out for three months after crushing his shoulder after slipping on ice.
To add to Galthie’s difficulties, French international hooker Dimitri Szarzewski is facing up to a three month break after undergoing surgery on his damaged shoulder.
And Mauro Bergamasco will miss the knock out match after receiving a four week suspension for striking Wales captain Stephen Jones during the RBS Six Nations game between Italy and Wales.
But Tigers coach Pat Howard says that his side can still fulfil all their goals this season – even wothout the services of Corry.
“We’re going to try and fight on all three fronts because we are a big club and we have goals that are very high,” Pat Howard, the Leicester head coach, said.
At least he had Lewis Moody back on the field rather than in the treatment room against Sale and he will hope that three other international players, Julian White, Leo Cullen and Martin Castrogiovanni, become available this week.
“Before the Six Nations we were playing outstanding rugby,” Moody said. “But it’s the consistency we need. We will take confidence from winning, whereas last year, when we lost in this semi-final, we took a downward turn.”