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Iain Grieve Suffers Fractured Eye Socket

Published on 10th January 2012 by Tom Tainton

Captain could be out for over a month after injury on Sunday

Iain Grieve could be out for up to five weeks after fracturing his right eye socket on his return to first team action on Sunday.

Bristol stretched their winning run to seven RFU Championship fixtures with a 27-7 win over Esher at the Memorial Stadium.

The captain sustained the injury during the second period and was replaced by Mitch Eadie soon after.

It was feared that Grieve would spend a long spell on the sidelines after a thigh injury against Plymouth Albion in December, but he recovered swiftly, missing only three fixtures.

The fracture is the latest in a line of bizarre injuries for the 24 year-old, who was sidelined earlier in the campaign with an ear infection.

“It’s frustrating to be out again because I had been desperate to get back to playing and helping the team,” he explained.

“At first, I thought I had a bit of dirt in my eye but it swelled up to the point where I couldn’t see at all.

“I went straight to hospital after the game for an X-ray and it turns out it was more serious than we first feared.”