Six Nations
Medard suffers long-term injury
ESPNscrum Staff
March 1, 2012
Maxime Medard celebrates as he races away, Scotland v France, Six Nations, Murrayfield, Edinburgh, Scotland, February 26, 2012
Maxime Medard is out for up to nine months © Getty Images
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France have received a massive blow with the news that star fullback Maxime Medard is set for a spell on the sidelines for up to nine months.

The Toulouse star limped from the field in last Sunday's 23-17 win over Scotland at Murrayfield. He has sustained damage to his anterior cruciate ligament and will go under the knife on Monday.

He Tweeted: "The operation is booked Monday and my unavailabilty will be from 6 to 9 months".

And in other news from the French camp, flanker Julien Bonnaire has revealed that he looks set to hang up his international boots at the end of the Six Nations. The 33-year-old - who has 71 Test caps to his name - claimed that he was contemplating calling time on his French career at the end of the World Cup - but after the heartbreak of losing the final to New Zealand, Bonnaire opted to play on.

"We didn't win and I was keen to play a final Six Nations both out of pleasure and to bow out on a good note," Bonnaire said. "At the beginning of my international career I said 'If I reach 50 caps that will be great'. After that I said 60, 70... if I can make 75, it will be terrific. I have had a wonderful career, with really good moments and difficult ones as well."

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