Surgery setback for Watkins

Wales centre facing several months out

Last Updated: 27/08/10 8:13am

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Watkins: Sidelined

Watkins: Sidelined

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Newport Gwent Dragons centre Matthew Watkins is facing several months on the sidelines after undergoing abdominal surgery.

The Wales international has had an operation to resolve a non-rugby related problem, with Watkins hoping to make a full recovery.

"I'd like to thank everyone at the Dragons for their support," Watkins told the Dragons official site.

"The operation was a success and I'm on the road to recovery. I'm looking forward to getting back into a Dragons shirt as soon as possible."

The Dragons are hoping to see Watkins back in action soon.

Rugby manager Robert Beale added: "We are pleased that Matthew's surgery has gone well and we wish him the very best for the coming months.

"Although this is obviously a blow for the Dragons we will be delighted when he is able to return to playing duties, our only concern is for Matthew's overall health and wellbeing."

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