Milner-Skudder is yet to darken the door of his new club since signing a year ago, and the latest news throws further doubt on his future participation at the Top 14 giants.
The All Blacks speedster is set to continue rehabbing an ongoing shoulder injury back in his native New Zealand.
Milner-Skudder sent a video message apologising to Toulon fans for not being involved yet this season.
?Message de @Nmilnerskudder : Je suis vraiment triste d’annoncer que je ne rejoindrai pas l’équipe du @RCTofficiel ce mois-ci, comme cela était prévu. À cause des problèmes continus avec mon épaule, le club et moi avons décidé que le mieux pour ma santé et pour le club était que pic.twitter.com/ez3xyi2i2J
— RCT – RC Toulon (@RCTofficiel) December 14, 2019
In a Twitter video the 28-year-old said: “With great disappointment, I announce I won’t be joining Toulon this month as planned.
“Due to ongoing issues with my shoulder both the club and myself decided its best I stay in New Zealand, rehabbing and getting back to full fitness before coming over.
“I really want to thank the Toulon rugby club for being so understanding through all of this, but also I want to apologise to fans for not being ready just yet.
A number of top coaches who were asked to apply didn’t because they saw it as nothing more than a box-ticking exercise by NZ Rugby.https://t.co/F5tiaUfdPx
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) December 14, 2019
“I’m really gutted that things haven’t worked out the way I wanted to but I’m not one to give up and won’t be giving up anytime soon, I just need a bit more time and I’ll do everything possible to get the body right.”
Toulon may choose not to use him this year as a result of the surgery due to administration issues. Reports suggest that the injured player’s contract has not yet been approved by the French League (LNR).
Before this happens, he must have a medical examination and this might not happen due to his shoulder problems.
RC Toulon have made no secret of their desire to feature in this season’s Challenge Cup final on their doorstep in Marseille, 10 years after being edged out for the trophy by the Cardiff Blues at the Stade Vélodrome. The three-time European champions have won all three of their matches to date as they head to the Madejski Stadium to face London Irish today.
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