Hong Kong sweat over injured winger Tom McQueen ahead of Belgium tests
Winger suffered a lacerated kidney last week with the HKRFU struggling to hold on to players during the holidays ahead of two tests
Leighton Asia HKCC winger Tom McQueen will miss the marquee game this "Super Saturday" against WhichWay Valley after lacerating his kidney last week, but anxious Hong Kong officials hope he will be fit and ready for next month's two home tests against Belgium.
Hong Kong international McQueen was badly hurt in last Saturday's encounter against Hong Kong Scottish and spent a couple of nights in hospital under observation after passing blood.
He has now been discharged and ordered to take rest for a couple of weeks so that a "nasty tear in the wall of his kidney" will heal. HKCC won 31-20 to remain as the only unbeaten team in the Premiership.
"He got hurt in a tackle situation and it was a nasty injury," said Dai Rees, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union's head of technical development and performance. "He was passing blood after lacerating his kidney. But the doctors have said it should be okay after rest and we are confident he will be ready for the tests against Belgium."
Belgium are due to arrive in Hong Kong next month to play two tests, on December 17 and December 21, as Hong Kong prepare for next year's HSBC Asian Five Nations Top Five competition, which will double up as the regional qualifying competition for 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Owing to the last-minute confirmation of the internationals - following the cancellation of the Emirates Cup of Nations in Dubai - Hong Kong could face the Europeans missing a number of key players who had already booked their Christmas holidays and will be overseas.
"This is Hong Kong and we face this age-old problem at this time of the year. Injuries, work commitments, holidays all have to be taken into the equation and right now there is some uncertainty as to who will be available for the games," Rees said.
The injury to McQueen, a lethal winger who was the top try-scorer for Hong Kong at the recently concluded Asian Sevens Series, has compounded the worries for the management.
"Right now we have pencilled in a large squad of between 40 to 50 players. About seven or eight will apparently be only available for the first test as they have booked their flights out of Hong Kong. We will have to wait and see what happens over the next two weeks in the local competition before deciding what to do," Rees said.
"The picture will be clearer in a fortnight. We hope no more players get injured, but we are confident we will be able to put out a competitive squad for the two matches," he added.