16 Aug 2012

Leo'o to miss start of Top 14 season

8:46 am on 16 August 2012

The New Zealand rugby player Johnny Leo'o is set to miss the start of the French Top 14 season for Racing Metro after falling victim to a blood clot in his lung.

Leo'o initially suffered a blood clot in his calf during last Friday's friendly against Toulouse before being rushed to hospital after it spread to his lungs and caused him "excruciating pain".

The 33-year-old Auckland native is set to leave the Clamart hospital in the next few days before undergoing further tests to determine how long he will be out of action.