It seems that the injury curse for the reigning Aviva Premiership champions the Leicester Tigers is showing no sign of letting up after Dan Bowden was forced to have his appendix removed while he was enjoying some time off in New Zealand.
The 27 year old has been in sparkling form for the reigning champions this season and was the standout performer for the club in wins against the Newcastle Falcons as well as the London Irish. But he will now have to be sidelined for the next two to three games after the surgery and will also not be able to return to England as he has been advised ten days’ rest and asked not to fly.
In a season which has seen Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the club juggle with one of the biggest injury crises the club has ever known, this latest news doesn’t surprise him that much and he doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry at his plight.
The Leicester Tigers boss stated that he had a new baby and went off to New Zealand for his sister’s wedding and to show off his newborn and there he got a tummy ache and he has not seen him since.
Cockerill stated that he has been to hospital and has the appendix taken out but has been advised not to fly for at least ten days which means he will have to sit out for the next fortnight of the Leicester Tigers game at least.
The Tigers boss also mentioned that even when his players are not playing, there is still something wrong with them and knowing Dan Bowden, he could bring back the appendix back in a jar just to show off.
Cockerill however, stated that Manu Tuilagi and Ant Allen will be back for the club.