Saturday, 27 February 2016

O'Connor Dismisses Heart Attack Reports

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Former Australia back James O'Connor has denied French media reports he suffered a heart attack on the Toulon team bus last weekend.

Reports in France claimed O'Connor was given emergency treatment by team-mates on Toulon's return journey from their Top 14 match against Oyonnax on Sunday.

However, O'Connor posted a message on Twitter to say that he is fine, and will be out of action for two weeks.

The 25-year-old wrote: "No heart attack.. Hypoglycemia & game/training fatigue. All tests were very positive. Wish I could play 2moro but Toulon resting me for 2 weeks!"

Toulon coach Bernard Laporte had also played down the heart-attack reports during an interview with RMC radio on Friday, although he believes the player will be sidelined for a little longer.

He said: "James O'Connor felt unwell in the bus taking the team back from the Oyonnax game.

"The medical staff decided to take him to hospital and he underwent a considerable series of tests.

"I can reassure everyone he's fine. He will play rugby again but he will undergo further tests next week. James will miss three weeks, maybe four weeks of competition."

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