Op setback for Quinnell

Scarlets forward loses sight in his left eye

Last Updated: 07/10/10 3:20pm

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Quinnell: Has lost the sight in his left eye

Quinnell: Has lost the sight in his left eye

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Scarlets have been left saddened after an operation to save the sight in Gavin Quinnell's left eye failed.

Quinnell only returned to the region in the summer from Italy, however the 26-year-old sustained the injury while playing for Llanelli in a Welsh Premiership match against Cross Keys.

Quinnell, whose brother Scott and father Derek represented Wales, underwent surgery at Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital in a bid to save his sight in the left eye.

However the bad news was confirmed in a statement issued jointly by the Quinnell family and the Scarlets.

"It is with a huge disappointment and regret that today we can confirm that our Scarlets player Gavin Quinnell has received a conclusive report from medics that he has permanently lost his sight in his left eye," read the statement.

"Gavin underwent eye surgery on Saturday night at Newport's Royal Gwent Hospital following an injury he sustained playing for Llanelli RFC on Saturday afternoon.

"The news was confirmed to him yesterday afternoon following a consultation with a team of ophthalmic specialists at the hospital.

"Naturally, the Quinnell family are all shocked and devastated and have asked to be given time and space to come to terms with the news and allow them to concentrate on giving Gavin their full support and attention.

Support

"Gavin and his family have asked the Scarlets to express their gratitude for the numerous messages of support and the heartfelt wishes they have received from the rugby community across the world and from supporters of the Scarlets.

"The family would like to add that Gavin is coping well, given what he has been through, and they are all very proud of the way he is handling the situation.

"It is very sad news for all those connected with Llanelli rugby, the Scarlets family and rugby as a whole, and all our best wishes and thoughts are with Gavin.

"The Scarlets will continue to offer Gavin and his family all the support they require going forward.

"The Scarlets and Llanelli RFC lodged a formal citing complaint on Monday, October 4 to the Welsh Rugby Union in connection with an incident at Cross Keys RFC on Saturday, October 2 in the Principality Premiership.

"The matter is now in the hands of Gwent Police, who are investigating an allegation of assault. Therefore, no further information will be released while these enquiries are ongoing."

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