Matthew Rees needs more medical treatment after surgery
Last Updated: 01/11/13 6:03pm
Matthew Rees: Needs more time out
Former Wales captain Matthew Rees is to receive further medical treatment after undergoing testicular surgery.
His team Cardiff Blues said last month that the 32-year-old was to undergo surgery and faced an enforced spell away from rugby.
And that time will now be extended as he commences treatment at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff.
In a statement, the Blues said: "Cardiff Blues have today confirmed that club captain Matthew Rees is to undergo further medical treatment that will extend his time away from the game.
"The region announced last month that hooker Rees was to have an enforced spell away from rugby.
"Blues can now confirm that Rees will commence further treatment at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff from next week as he targets a return to playing in the future.
"Matthew has asked the region to pass on his sincere gratitude for the many messages he has received from well-wishers over the last two weeks, and to thank the media for respecting his privacy at this time.
"The region will continue to support Matthew and his family in every way possible throughout this period and we look forward to his return to rugby in the future."
Rees, who has won 58 caps, made his Wales debut in 2005 and became a British and Irish Lions Test player on the 2009 South Africa tour.
He skippered Wales during the 2011 RBS 6 Nations Championship, but missed the World Cup in New Zealand later that year due to a neck injury.