Henson to miss another Rugby World Cup

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Updated: August 15, 2011

Welsh rugby star Gavin Henson will miss the World Cup after suffering an injury at the weekend. The 29-year old centre dislocated his right wrist during his sides win over England in Cardiff on Saturday.

Henson, who only returned to the game in December after a 19-month break, was making his fifth start for the Welsh since ending his self imposed exile. He had recently said that he came out of retirement as he wanted to play in the World Cup, which begins in New Zealand on September 9th.

Henson injured himself tackling the England captain, Mike Tindall. He was taken to hospital for an x-ray and the players worst fears were later confirmed. He will not be able to play again until the final weekend of the group stage if indeed he plays at all.

Welsh coach, Warren Gatland will be hoping that he can use Henson as injury cover if Wales reach the World Cup knock-out stage.

“Gavin has been given a ‘return to play’ time of six to eight weeks which, while ruling him out of selection for the initial World Cup squad, could see him available to the coaches while we are still in the pool stages,” said Wales medical manager, Prav Mathema.

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