Tommy Bowe sidelined for up to four months

Updated: April 6, 2012

Tommy Bowe has played his last game for the Ospreys as the winger is set to miss up to four months as he will will undergo surgery in Ireland today for the removal of a haematoma, which has pushed into his kidney and caused raised blood pressure.

Bowe, who is set to rejoin Ulster next season could also miss Ireland’s tour of New Zealand this coming June if the Ospreys are correct in their determination that the winger could be out of action for four months.

The Ospreys said in a statement. “These tests have shown that he has, in the past, suffered a haematoma that is pushing into his left kidney, with further tests indicating that this is the reason for the raised blood pressure.

“After considerable consultation with specialists in both Ireland and Wales, Tommy has opted to go down the route of surgical removal of the haematoma in an effort to solve the problem.

“He is being operated on in Ireland today, before returning to Wales post-op to convalesce.

“Because of the surgery, he will not be able to play any further part for the Ospreys this season, ahead of his return to Ulster for next season.
“Recovery time post-operation is unclear, but he could be sidelined for up to four months.”

Bowe added his own thoughts saying “Obviously, this news unfortunately means that I won’t get to wear the Ospreys shirt again.

“But it is important that I get this problem sorted as soon as possible.

“Hopefully, the Ospreys will have a home (RaboDirect PRO12) semi-final and final in May so that I can still get down to the Liberty Stadium to say farewell and a big thank you to the supporters.”

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