A sickening knee injury may have ended France fly-half Frederic Michalak’s Super 14 season and Sharks career.
Sapa reports through the IOL that Michalak lasted just nine minutes of the Sharks’ 25-10 loss to the NSW Waratahs before he hyper-extended his left knee and had to be helped from the field.
Television replays showed Michalak’s knee buckling in the tackle after he chased down a kick. Early indications are that he tore an anterior cruciate ligament.
Sharks coach Dick Muir admitted Michalak, whose contract runs until June, may not play again for the Durban-based team.
“He was going to stick around to play Currie Cup before returning for the French end-of-the-year tour, if he was selected,” Muir told reporters Sunday.
“He’s grown to be one of us and he’s really enjoyed it at the Sharks, and we’ve enjoyed having him and he’s added a lot of value to our squad.
“So it will be very sad to see if it is the end of the road for him.”
Michalak, 25, has played 50 internationals for France, scoring 246 points and was a part of the French team at the 2003 and 2007 World Cups.Tweet