By Ali Stokes
Worcester summer signing Cornell du Preez is set to undergo throat surgery on a suspected fractured larynx sustained during the Warriors' 20-21 defeat to local rivals Wasps on Saturday.
Du Preez, capped six times by Scotland, was forced from the field at Sixways after making his club debut from the bench.
The club released a statement on Twitter yesterday, Sunday, stating the South African-born backrower was "stable and resting" but would require surgery following treatment upon arrival.
Du Preez is the second Premiership player to suffer this uncommon injury over the last year, with Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis also undergoing surgery at the start of the 2017/18 campaign.
The former Montpellier standoff returned to play five months later. Speaking to The Independent following his recovery, Catrakilis described the 'freak' incident.
“I was struggling to breathe for a while and it didn’t go away. I was given oxygen on the pitch and taken off on a stretcher. But while I was coming off the field, I’d realised it wasn’t going to go away, and the 30-minute ride in the ambulance was probably the worst feeling because I just wasn’t too sure it I was going to be able to breathe a lot longer. I’ve never felt anything close to that before. I was struggling to breathe. I wasn’t too sure if I was going to make it, at one stage."
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