Mathieu Bastareaud’s ordeal continues. The third line of Lyon came out on a stretcher, in tears, after four minutes of play during the Lou meeting on the Toulon field, on Saturday, on behalf of the 11th day of the Top 14 He collapsed, all alone, on a support, in midfield on a breakthrough attempt.
Visibly affected in the right knee, the Lyon captain screamed in pain before being evacuated on a stretcher. The former international (33 years old, 54 selections between 2009 and 2019) received a standing ovation from the Toulon public, whose colors he wore between 2011 and 2019. Bastareaud only played one only meeting this season, at the beginning of November against Castres.
He had had an operation on his right hand in September after an eight-month absence due to a ruptured quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Moreover, he had not hidden his joy to find the lawns of Top 14 against Castres, at the beginning of November. “It’s been some time since I joined the collective, I missed preparing for the match, the pressure rising, the smell of sweat in the locker room, he confided. I’m very happy to be back. Ten months is a very long time. Sometimes you can doubt. Fortunately, I have it. well been surrounded by my family, my relatives, and the club. I’m just happy to be able to play rugby again. “
The absence of the Lyon captain is a real blow for LOU, currently 5th in the Top 14 (5 wins and 5 losses) and in the fight for a play-off place at the end of the season. Pierre Mignoni’s men are also due to start the Challenge Cup on December 10, with the reception of Gloucester. Lyon also has the USAP and the Dragons in its pool.