Ugo Mola, the manager of Stade Toulousain, announced this Thursday at a press conference that his three-quarter New Zealand center Pita Ahki had to have knee surgery that same day due to “from an embarrassment that he had felt for too long”. The player, whose absence is estimated at six weeks, should therefore not return to play before the second half of October.
Graou also absent for one to two months
Ahki joins players in the infirmary such as left pillar Cyril Baille (operated for pubalgia), second row Thibaud Flament (sprain) and Yannick Youyoutte (biceps tendon injury), flanker François Cros (cleaning knee), versatile prop David Ainu’u (adductor injury) and scrum half Paul Graou, who suffered a double metatarsal fracture in one hand during last week’s friendly match against Toulon. In addition, the red and black club will still have to do without Argentinian full-back or winger Juan Cruz Mallia and South African wing third-line Reynardt Elstadt for a month, both requisitioned by their selection for the Rugby Championship.