Ireland Rugby
Bowe set to miss New Zealand tour
ESPNscrum Staff
April 6, 2012
Ireland's Tommy Bowe en route to the try line, Ireland v Italy, Six Nations, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland, February 25, 2012
Tommy Bowe has undergone surgery to correct a haematoma © Getty Images
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Tommy Bowe is set to miss Ireland's tour to New Zealand after undergoing surgery.

The 28-year-old winger has played his last game for the Ospreys - having already confirmed a move to Ulster - in order to undergo treatment in Ireland for the removal of a haematoma, which has pushed into his kidney and caused raised blood pressure.

Bowe has been ruled out for the remainder of this season and the Ospreys estimate that he could face four months on the sidelines. Ireland travel to New Zealand for a three-Test series in June.

"Having discovered he was suffering from high blood pressure earlier this year, he has been put through a number of medical tests to identify the cause of the problem," the Ospreys said in a statement.

"These tests have shown that he has, in the past, suffered a haematoma that is pushing into his left kidney, with further tests indicating that this is the reason for the raised blood pressure.

"After considerable consultation with specialists in both Ireland and Wales, Tommy has opted to go down the route of surgical removal of the haematoma in an effort to solve the problem.

"He is being operated on in Ireland today, before returning to Wales post-op to convalesce. Because of the surgery, he will not be able to play any further part for the Ospreys this season, ahead of his return to Ulster for next season. Recovery time post-operation is unclear, but he could be sidelined for up to four months."

Bowe, a 2009 British and Irish Lion in South Africa, added: "Obviously, this news unfortunately means that I won't get to wear the Ospreys shirt again. But it is important that I get this problem sorted as soon as possible. Hopefully, the Ospreys will have a home [RaboDirect PRO12] semi-final and final in May so that I can still get down to the Liberty Stadium to say farewell and a big thank you to the supporters."

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