12 Dec, 14:42
Prop Cian Healy is expected to miss the start of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Six Nations Grand Slam winning playmaker is suffering from an ankle injury and Toulouse coach Guy Noves said he had already mentally discounted him from playing against their French rivals in Bordeaux on Saturday. "Michalak is coming back to fitness but only slowly," said Noves.
"However in my head he is not going to be a member of the 22. It would be foolish to count on him being fit and if he really is match ready by the end of the week then he will have to prove it to me," he added.
Biarritz for their part are pessimistic that centre John Isaac will have recovered from a groin injury by the time of the match, though they are more confident that French international flanker Thomas Lievremont will have got over the vertebra problem he sauffered against Perpignan last Saturday.
The winners of the match will play either Ireland's two-time finalists Munster or English champions Wasps in the final at Twickenham on May 23rd.
AFP - 2004.