Edinburgh Monarchs set to exclude Jozsef Tabaka

Jozsef Tabaka, in hospital after surgery
Jozsef Tabaka, in hospital after surgery
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JOZSEF TABAKA is likely to be excluded from Edinburgh Monarchs’ plans for next season.

The Hungarian broke his leg in a horror crash at Armadale in October and the chances of him being ready for the 2014 campaign which begins in March, appear to be receding.

Team manager Alex Harkess said: “Jozsef’s situation is very unfortunate and he is holding up our plans a bit. We have a lot of loyalty towards him and if he wasn’t injured he’d definitely be in the team, but it’s whether he will be fit and how long we can wait for him to get fit.

“It could be he will miss the start of the season and he may have to come in as and when circumstances dictate after that.

“We cannot commit to him. It is a very bad leg break and a lot of things have to come together for him to be ready for next season. If it is obvious he will not be fit until April or May, we will have to start without him. But we will always have a place for him in the future either way. We do know he needs a second operation at some stage, but we don’t know when he will undergo this. He certainly cannot afford to come back too early, others have done that before and paid the penalty.”

Craig Cook, Sam Masters, Steve Worrall, and Justin Sedgmen, are confirmed starters so far for 2014.