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Harlequins' Catrakilis avoids surgery despite fractured bone in throat

Harlequins' Catrakilis avoids surgery despite fractured bone in throat
Demetri Catrakilis is taken off on a stretcher during Harlequins v Gloucester

Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis will not need surgery despite suffering a fractured bone in his throat during Saturday’s 28-17 Premiership victory over Gloucester.

Catrakilis was making just his second appearance for Quins and opened the scoring with a penalty at Twickenham Stoop before taking an opposition shoulder to his neck.

Director of rugby John Kingston confirmed after the match the 28-year-old had been taken to hospital having struggled to breathe on the pitch.

Quins have announced Catrakilis remains under observation but will not need an operation.

A club statement read: “Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis remains in hospital after sustaining a small fracture to a bone in his throat during the match against Gloucester on Saturday.

“The fracture does not require surgery and Harlequins will provide a further update when available.”

There is no timeframe on Catrakilis’ potential return to action.

The 25-year-old flyer was dropped by Quins for their recent European Champions Cup trip to Wasps due to an "internal disciplinary …

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Harlequins' Catrakilis avoids surgery despite fractured bone in throat