Nottingham Rugby's Rhys Crane KO'd by hairline leg fracture
NOTTINGHAM Rugby have been dealt a big injury blow.
Winger Rhys Crane has a hairline leg fracture and is facing up to a month out.
The 27-year-old is having to wear an air cast boot to keep the weight off his right leg and is also on crutches.
Crane has already broke a hand and been sidelined with a calf strain this season.
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His latest injury has come at the worst possible time, because the Green and Whites have a must-win British & Irish Cup clash with Welsh side Llandovery at Meadow Lane on Sunday (2.15pm) and they are also in the thick of the play-offs in the Championship.
Forwards coach Neil Fowkes, who will be in charge for the cup tie, admits losing their top scoring back this season, with seven tries, is a set-back.
But he is confident Nottingham can cope until he returns for the last few league games of the regular season.
"He suffered a shin injury a while back and when the swelling went down and they looked at it they found a very small crack," said Fowkes to the Post.
"He's in a boot at the minute, but hopefully he will be back to play some part before the end of the season.
"He's getting good care from the guys here.
"They are doing a good job with him to make sure he stays fit so when he does come back he's going to be ready to go as he's done really well for us this season.
"But I've got every confidence in the guys stepping in to do a job as well."
The Greens are in second place in Pool 8 of the cup, five points behind Llandovery, ahead of their final pool game.
They lost 28-21 to them in Wales back in October, but they must claim a bonus-point win against them this time on home soil to progress into the quarter-finals of the cup.
"It's a big game and we're determined to win it and get through," said Fowkes.
"We know exactly what we need to do.
"The way it has fallen we know we need to get five points and we need to stop them getting any.
"It's not going to be easy – they played well when they beat us at their place.
"We've got to be right at the top of our game."