New Zealand
Piri Weepu has minor stroke
ESPN Staff
March 27, 2014
Blues and Auckland Piri Weepu will be sidelined for "at least four weeks" © Getty Images

Piri Weepu recently suffered a minor stroke but this was only discovered when he had a scan on Monday after complaining of migraine-like symptoms dating back to the beginning of the month.

Weepu, 30, will now undergo tests to determine the cause of the stroke, which appears to have occurred before the team travelled to South Africa in early March.

"Piri presented with transient symptoms that could have been from a migraine before he travelled, and [he] was cleared by specialists to travel, as long as he was monitored," Blues club doctor Stephen Kara said. "He had no other symptoms to raise further concern while we were away. We took the precaution of getting an MRI scan for him this week, and we are thankful we are now getting to the bottom of this issue."

Dr Kara said the stroke was a non-rugby related condition that might not have been detected had Weepu not been in an environment in which he was being so closely monitored.

"Having spoken to Auckland City Hospital specialists, we are very confident that Piri's condition is not associated with any injury, in particular, any head injury," he said. "This was a minor stroke and he is expected to make a full recovery. However any stroke is serious for anyone at any age and we must now take the time to fully understand the cause of it and the implications for Piri."

Dr Kara, consulting with New Zealand Rugby medical director Dr Ian Murphy, said that Weepu would "be out of rugby for a minimum of four weeks while we continue to investigate this condition".

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