Harlequins 40-13 Biarritz, Heineken Cup
O'Shea allays fears over Evans' injury
ESPN Staff
October 13, 2012
Harlequins' Ben Botica breaks through the Biarritz tackle, Harlequins v Biarritz, Heineken Cup, Twickenham Stoop, London, England, October 13, 2012
Ben Botica stepped in for the injured Nick Evans in their match with Biarritz © PA Photos
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Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea has revealed that fly-half Nick Evans is likely to be out for "weeks rather than months" after the fly-half suffered an ankle injury in their 40-13 win over Biarritz on Saturday evening.

Evans limped off after 17 minutes and was later walking on crutches with his left ankle heavily strapped but O'Shea is optimistic over the nature of his injury.

"Nick will have his foot in a boot for a little while and we'll see what it's like," O'Shea said."There's no break but there's a little bit of damage. We need to wait 24-48 hours and get it scanned.

"He won't be available against Connacht next Saturday, that's for sure, but it will be weeks rather than months."

An impressive performance by replacement Ben Botica, the 23-year-old son of rugby league great Frano, ensured Evans' absence was barely felt. Botica kicked 18 points to suggest there is life after Evans should the former New Zealand fly-half - one of Europe's most sought-after players - reject a new contract at Twickenham Stoop.

"Like father like son - his goalkicking is pretty special. He ran the game really well and attacked the line," O'Shea said. "It was the biggest match he's ever played in, so his performance was a massive, massive plus. Ben was outstanding."

England scrum-half Danny Care was superb, as was number eight Nick Easter whose strong form is generating momentum behind calls for his international return. "Nick is absolutely magnificent and he will keep on knocking until someone answers," O'Shea said. "It's great for us but Nick is ambitious and is desperate to play for England.

"The boys are giving him a going-over in the dressing room, saying the England bandwagon has started again."

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