Digby Ioane a doubt for Australia for first Test against Lions
Last Updated: May 22, 2013 8:28am
Digby Ioane: Injury concern for Australia
Australia winger Digby Ioane is a doubt for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions after undergoing a knee operation.
The 27-year-old was injured during the Queensland Reds' Super Rugby defeat to the Cheetahs last weekend and now faces a race against time to make the Lions series opener in Brisbane on June 22.
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Ioane, who has scored 11 tries in 34 Tests, would be an almost certain starter for the Wallabies if he is available.
A tweet from the Wallabies read: "@digbyioane underwent operation this morning on the articular cartilage in his left knee."
Ioane, himself, later tweeted: "Just letting you guys know. The surgery went really well, should be back for the test, bring on the #lions god bless my Twitter friends."
Ioane is the most experienced of the three wingers named in Australia coach Robbie Deans' preliminary 25-man squad.
Nick Cummins and Joe Tomane are the other options on the flanks, while Adam Ashley-Cooper, James O'Connor and Israel Folau could also operate as a winger.
Deans will add six more players to his squad on June 11.
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