Injury blow for Bortolami

Italy and Zebre lock has third surgery on shoulder injury

Last Updated: 18/09/12 5:24pm

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Marco Bortolami: Will not play in Italy's November internationals

Marco Bortolami: Will not play in Italy's November internationals

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Veteran Italy lock Marco Bortolami has been ruled out of the November internationals after fresh complications from a shoulder injury.

The former national captain dislocated his left shoulder during the defeat to Argentina on June 9 and after two initial operations has now undergone a third surgery.

The Italian Rugby Federation said the surgery in Parma was a success but he needs to wear a brace for at least a month and will be out of action for longer than that.

Italy play Tonga on November 10 before facing New Zealand a week later and Australia on November 24.

The news also comes as a blow to RaboDirect PRO12 new boys Zebre, who will be without the 32-year-old forward's services for much of the first half of the season.

Bortolami was due to captain Zebre in their first season in the league.

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