This is a first step towards a return. A first green light. Antoine Dupont was authorized this Friday by Professor Lauwers, who operated on Friday, September 22 of his maxillozygomatic fracture, placing two plates, was authorized to "resume a directed progressive physical activity". Resumption that will be done under the control of the medical staff of the XV of France.
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Several steps remain to be taken before hoping for a return of the captain of the Blues on the field. At best for the potential quarter-final against South Africa, on Sunday, October 15 at the Stade de France. It is highly unlikely, not to say impossible, to hope to see the scrum-half next Friday, October 6, in Lyon against Italy for the last group stage match of the XV of France.
Antoine Dupont will follow an adapted program
Antoine Dupont, who will join his teammates in Aix-en-Provence this Saturday evening, will now follow an adapted program. From Sunday, he will resume "by carried, that is to say cycling, to get back to level," explained Bruno Roussagol, the health manager of the XV of France. Adding that "the rest will be conditioned to his feelings".
The rest will first be a phase of reathleticization, the captain of the Blues being at a standstill since his injury nine days ago. Then the resumption of rugby, first without contact. Resumption that will be conditioned to a new green light from his surgeon. Each of its stages will take more or less time depending on the sensations felt by Antoine Dupont. Pain or not. And not only to the jaw, the shock suffered against Namibia having "necessarily caused secondary lesions," says Bruno Roussagol.
There are so many things to validate. We're waiting to see how he reacts."
The health manager of the XV of France
A shock that also caused a concussion. Antoine Dupont will therefore undergo a neurological check next week to evolve his condition in relation to it in order to satisfy the protocol. In parallel with this gradual recovery, he will, finally, be subjected to "a specific work of rehabilitation of the jaw".
So, when can we reasonably expect his comeback in the competition? "We do not project beyond next week, answers the health manager of the Blues. I am convinced that he will not be back against Italy. For the quarter-final? We cannot ask ourselves this question yet. There are so many things to validate. We are waiting to see how he will react.»
The race against time to be able to play in a fortnight, on October 15, continues. A return that will anyway be conditioned to a new green light from his surgeon, warned the FFR.