Harlequins’ Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after throat injury

first_imgDemetri Catrakilis, the Harlequins fly-half who stopped breathing after sustaining a broken bone in his throat when trying to tackle the Gloucester centre Andy Symons during the Premiership match at the Stoop on Saturday, remained in hospital on Monday but will not need surgery.The 28-year old South African, a summer recruit from Montpellier, was injured in the 12th minute. Symons charged at him from a scrum and, as Jamie Roberts joined Catrakilis in stopping him, the centre was lifted slightly from the ground and his left shoulder caught the fly-half in the throat. Reuse this content Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Rugby union Share on Pinterest Topics Read more Gloucester Share via Emailcenter_img Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Catrakilis received medical attention and was given an oxygen mask before being taken from the field on a stretcher. “We needed to get him to hospital,” the Quins director of rugby, John Kingston, said after the match. “He did not breathe for a few seconds and when you get a blockage like that, it is something you have to react quickly to.”Harlequins said in a statement on Monday: “Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester. We will provide a further update when available.”Quins, who face last season’s beaten Premiership finalists Wasps in Coventry on Sunday, have cover at fly-half in Marcus Smith, who started the opening game of the campaign against London Irish, and Tim Swiel, who started eight matches at 10 last season.Leicester will learn this week whether the independent concussion review group will investigate the Tigers’ failure to take off the flanker Dominic Ryan for a head injury assessment after he needed treatment following a tackle on the Northampton wing George North.Replays suggested Ryan took an elbow to the head, but Leicester said that the two medics who examined the forward concluded he was winded and, after treatment, Ryan remained on the field.Meanwhile, Pat Lambie is set to join the exodus of South African players in Europe. The fly-half, who can play at full-back, is lined up to join Racing 92 by the end of the month if he secures the expected release from his Springboks contract.Lambie, who has won 56 caps, has not played for South Africa this year because of injury. He will remain available for the Springboks, who are touring Europe this autumn, under the 30-cap rule that applies to players who are based outside the country. news Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Harlequins Share on Twitter Demetri Catrakilis’s throat injury mars Harlequins’ win against Gloucesterlast_img read more