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Barritt ruled out with lacerated eyeball.

SUMMER TEST South Africa 22 England 17 ENGLAND centre Brad Barritt has been ruled out of the second Test against South Africa after an operation to repair a lacerated eyeball.

The RFU confirmed yesterday the 25-year-old had undergone a successful operation after suffering the injury in Saturday's first Test loss in Durban.

The South Africa-born Saracens back is expected to be back in contention for the third Test on June 23.

The RFU confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, writing: "England's @bradbarritt has had successful op on lacerated eyeball in Durban and will join squad in Jo'burg later this week.'' It added: "Centre @bradbarritt out of 2nd Test but will be available for 3rd after eye op. Back in full training start of next week."

The player himself tweeted: "Thanks for all the messages! Had a small op this morning to repair a laceration of the conjunctiva in my eye. Will heal very quickly!" England crashed to a 22-17 defeat on Saturday as Morne Steyn and Jean de Villiers both crossed, with Steyn kicking four penalties, while Ben Foden crossed in reply as Owen Farrell fired four penalties for England.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:6SOUT
Date:Jun 11, 2012
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