Demetri Catrakilis sustained a broken bone in throat

Demetri Catrakilis joined Harlequins from Montpellier over the summer
Demetri Catrakilis joined Harlequins from Montpellier over the summer
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Harlequins have confirmed that fly-half Demetri Catrakilis sustained a broken bone in his throat during the recently concluded Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester at Twickenham Stoop last weekend.

The 28-year-old suffered the blow when he was hit in the throat during the opening minutes of the game following which he left the field after he stopped breathing for several seconds.

Even though Catrakilis will remain in the hospital, he will not require a surgery as confirmed by the club's statement.

"Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester Rugby on Saturday," read the statement.

"The 28-year-old does not require surgery and Harlequins will provide a further update when available."

Harlequins director of rugby John Kingston said of Catrakilis after Saturday's match: "He has gone to hospital. He was struggling to breathe on the pitch. The area to breathe properly was not clearing which needed to get oxygen.

"We needed to get him to hospital. They will probably assess him overnight. It is precautionary but when you get a blockage like that, it is something you have to react quickly to.

"It was a shoulder to his throat. That was causing him difficulty and, indeed, he did not breathe for a few seconds. But then he started to and the oxygen helped him after he came off the pitch."

Catrakilis joined the Quins in 2017 from Top 14 club Montpellier and has played for Golden Lions, Racing 92, Southern Kings and Stormers previously.

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