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Last Updated: 14/06/11 6:47am

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Barnes: Is hoping to be fit in time for the World Cup

Barnes: Is hoping to be fit in time for the World Cup

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Australia centre Berrick Barnes is hoping to be fit for the World Cup despite having been forced to take an enforced break.

The 25-year-old has been struggling with a debilitating 'footballer's migraine' condition that has plagued him throughout his Super Rugby campaign with the Waratahs.

The problem has stemmed from a heavy concussion in the round two match against the Reds, with Barnes having never fully recovered.

The condition has already forced Barnes to miss several games, while he was forced from the field during Saturday's win over the Highlanders after complaining of feeling unwell.

Barnes will now take an indefinite break - ruling him out of the Waratahs' bid to win a maiden Super Rugby title, although he remains hopeful of getting the all clear for the World Cup.

"I've got to thank the Waratahs medical staff for giving me the opportunity and the right advice to take some time off," said Barnes.

"I'm not hiding from the fact I've been probably a bit frustrated and anxious about things and that's probably causing some of the issues I'm having as well.

"So to get away from the environment is probably going to be beneficial in that respect.

"It will be an extended time off... I haven't put a time limit on it.

"I'd love to be involved in the World Cup, so that's obviously giving it some sort of time frame but it's not at the forefront of my mind."

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