Rugby Union - Lyon duo Du Preez and Gunther to go under knife

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Rugby Union - Lyon duo Du Preez and Gunther to go under knife
RC Toulon's flanker Pierrick Gunther (R) vies with Marseille's French midfielder Mathieu Valbuena during the friendly semi-rugby and semi-football match, Toulon vs. Marseille at the Mayol stadium on July 17, 2013 in Toulon, southern France. AFP PHOTO / ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT (AFP Photo/ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT)

- Lyon's South African prop Wian Du Preez and French flanker Pierrick Gunther were both due to undergo operations on Monday for injuries sustained in the opening match of the Top 14 season, a 18-9 defeat by Bordeaux-Begles, at the weekend.

Du Preez suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and Gunther, a close-season signing from champions Toulon, a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, medical sources said.

In a heavy blow for newly-promoted Lyon, the duo will be out for six months, with the club expected to recruit two replacements.


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