Super Rugby: Fruean needing heart procedure

Back from surgery, Robbie Fruean scored against his former team in round two. Photo / Getty Images
Back from surgery, Robbie Fruean scored against his former team in round two. Photo / Getty Images

Robbie Fruean will miss the Chiefs' three match road trip after needing a heart procedure which will put the centre out of action for up to eight weeks.

The 25-year-old, who underwent his second heart surgery last year, will be having an ablation procedure for an arrhythmia and will remain in New Zealand. He faces 4-8 weeks on the sidelines.

Fruean's rugby career was temporarily curtailed in 2009, with open heart surgery required after a bout of rheumatic fever caused pancarditis, or inflammation.

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Sixty-one caps for the Crusaders later, Fruean noticed early last year his cardiac function was weakening. Further surgery was needed in July and the original valve was swapped for a larger version, ruling him out of the remainder of the season.

After successful surgery and with non-contact training having progressed to full sessions, Fruean returned to action in his Chiefs debut in week two - an 18-10 win over his former club.

He has made two starts for the Chiefs and came off the bench in his side's 36-20 win over the Stormers on Friday night.

Meanwhile winger James Lowe damaged his MCL knee ligament and is expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

Ben Afeaki, Sam Cane and Augustine Pulu move off the injured list to join the travelling group and will be joined by wider training squad members Brad Weber, Anton Lienert-Brown and Jordan Payne.

- NZ Herald

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