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Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell faces several months out

Last Updated: 06/01/14 4:57pm

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Rhys Patchell: Faces lengthy lay-off

Rhys Patchell: Faces lengthy lay-off

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Cardiff Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell faces several months on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

Patchell sustained the problem during his side's RaboDirect PRO12 win over Newport Gwent Dragons at the Arms Park on New Year's Day.

The 20-year-old will now undergo surgery on the injury, along with a shoulder operation, and faces a lengthy lay-off.

"It is a disappointment to us to lose Patch for this period of time when he is playing so well, with many crucial games coming up in both Europe and the RaboDirect PRO12," Phil Davies, Director of Rugby, told the club's website.

"However, it will give others within our squad the opportunity to step up as we look to enjoy a strong start to 2014.

"We wish Rhys all the best with his rehabilitation, will give him the very best support and I know he will be determined to get back fit as soon as possible. We all look forward to seeing him back in a Cardiff Blues jersey in the coming months."

Davies is hoping Patchell's rival for the fly-half starting slot, Gareth Davies, can step up to fill the void left by the Welsh star.

"Gareth Davies will be there and we have got confidence in him," Davies told Wales Online.

"He has done a fantastic job for us this season. He came on here against Toulon and won us the game. We know we have got a big job ahead of us, but Gareth has got the ability to play, with his handling skills and playing flat to the line.

"It's about getting him to show what he can do and lead the team around the pitch."

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