Aviron Bayonnais has announced that its full-back and striker Gaëtan Germain will no longer play this season, due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
This is news that Aviron Bayonnais would have done well without. Currently eighth in the Top 14 with six wins and 5 losses on the clock (the last 35-14 on Saturday in Montpellier), the Basque club will be deprived until the end of the season of its back and striker, Gaëtan Germain, as he said in a press release on Monday: Injured this Saturday, November 26 in the 65th minute of the Montpellier – Bayonne match, Gaëtan Germain underwent this Monday, November 28 to an MRI which acted on the fears of the medical staff and confirmed a total rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament of the right knee. Our full-back and striker, who won’t be back on the pitch until mid-summer 2023, will undergo surgery in the coming days. Aviron Bayonnais Rugby Pro wishes the best possible recovery for his player at the end of his period of absence, estimated at 6 to 9 months. »
Germain co-best director of the Top 14
A big blow for Aviron, because Gaëtan Germain has been part of the team since his arrival in 2020 from Grenoble. The Isérois has only missed one game since the start of the season and has been established ten times, for a total of 133 points scored (3 tries, 30 penalties, 14 conversions). He is even co-best director in the Top 14 with Racingman Finn Russell, but the Scotsman (who will be announced in Bath next season) will be able to take off in the rankings from next week. Five days ago, Bayonne had already announced the departure of its Argentinian wing-back Martin Bogado, who arrived at the beginning of October as a medical joker but who gave up the contract extension for the Basque club to join the neo-franchise. Zealand Highlanders for the next World Cup. In the space of a week, Bayonne has therefore lost two important pieces, and it is without Germain or Bogado that Aviron will try to aim for the Top 6 in the championship and have a good run in the Challenge Cup, which will start the next week with a trip to the Scarlets.