The Ospreys have announced that their gigantic new prop signing could be sidelined for 6 months.
Moldovan international Gheorghe Gajion has been ruled out of action after undergoing surgery this week.
The 25-year old, a new addition to the squad this summer damaged a hamstring in training and Chris Towers, Medical Performance Manager, confirmed today: “Gheorghe suffered a significant hamstring injury which required surgery to repair it. He could be out for up to six months.”
At 1.9m tall and weighing in at 133kg, the 25-year old is a physically imposing, powerful presence, both at the setpiece and around the field, and impressed when he linked up with his new team-mates at Llandarcy Academy of Sport for pre-season after impressing during a trial period with the Region in April.
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Capped 13 times by Moldova, Gajion has played for Russian Premier League side Bulava Taganrog, Italian club Rovigo where he gained European Challenge Cup experience and, latterly, in France with Trelissac.
Following in the footsteps of his compatriot Dmitri Arhip, who is heading to France next season after almost six years with the Ospreys, he is the second tighthead added to the squad for 2018/19, along with Tom Botha who joins from Cheetahs where he has developed a reputation as one of the strongest scrummagers in the Guinness PRO14.
Speaking about his move to the Ospreys, Gajion said: “It’s a huge honour for me to sign for the Ospreys, who are a very big club both in European and world rugby. I’ve worked hard to get to this point in my career and I hope I can make my country, my family and the Ospreys supporters proud. With my fellow countryman and friend Dmitri leaving I know I have big shoes to fill but I will give it 100 per cent.”