Warren Gatland to undergo heel surgery
British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland will undergo minor surgery on his right heel this week.
Gatland suffered multiple fractures to both heels during a fall at his house in Waikato in April.
The Lions said the operation on Friday is part of the 49-year-old's rehabilitation programme.
A statement released by the Lions said: “The operation to his right heel, which was broken in his much documented accident, will see Warren enter hospital on Friday.”
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“The procedure will entail treatment to an area of damaged and blistered skin.
“It is expected he will spend a few days in hospital after the procedure.”
Gatland, who has overseen two Grand Slam successes with Wales and a Heineken Cup and three English premiership titles with Wasps, was appointed Lions coach three weeks ago.
It was initially feared that his injuries might threaten his involvement with the Lions, with assistant Rob Howley taking charge for Wales’ summer series against the Wallabies.
But those concerns eased with his recovery and next summer Gatland will aim to mastermind the Lions’ first Test series win in 16 years.