Monday, September 29, 2014

Top 14: Maximiliano Bustos no longer allowed to play for Montpellier

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The professional future of Argentine tighthead prop Maximilano Bustos is uncertain as his Cervical Disc Herniation injury has been classified as 'G3'. Under French law the categorization of G3 means one is deemed not fit to play. Sources in France are now reporting that the Puma is to be forced into an early retirement at just twenty-eight years of age. It is a similar case to that of Juan Figallo who moved from Montpellier to Saracens this season due to not getting his injury cleared as a 'G2'. 

Maximilano Bustos last played rugby in February for Montpellier against Perpignan. He got through the match with some pain which became worse and he was subsequently diagnosed with a serious injury. Over the course of the subsequent seven months the Puma has been monitored with an eye to recovering and returning to the field for Montpellier.

His injury has seen him miss out on playing for Argentina in 2014. He had been expected to be starting the Rugby Championship at tighthead prop, the position he played in in place of Juan Figallo last November. Bustos filled in for the injured Figallo with distinction and appeared to be a world class substitute for Figallo who had been spoken of as the world's leading tighthead prop after impressing in the Rugby Championship.

Both players were contracted to Montpellier but Figallo missed the entire 2013-2014 season due to the back injury the suffered against New Zealand twelve months ago in La Plata. Figallo subsequently requested the termination of his contract some two years before it was due to expire. This enabled him to sign for Saracens and play in England where 'G3' injuries are acceptable

Only time will tell if Bustos can go down a similar road or not. The 27 year old earned seven caps for Argentina in 2012 and 2013, all of which were starts. Unlike most Pumas he never played test rugby against South American opposition. His debut was against Ireland in London and his final test against Italy in Rome.   

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