Huge blow hits Lee
RUGBY: Highly-rated teenage Plymouth Albion forward Dan Lee is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
The 19-year-old city student (below), who has represented England Counties Under-20s, needs reconstructive surgery on his knee.
Lee is believed to have ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the medial collateral ligament.
It is a similar injury to one former Albion prop Martin Rice suffered in October 2007 and it could rule him out for most of next term.
It is a blow for Lee, who was hoping to really make his mark at Brickfields next season after four first team appearances for them at the start of the last campaign.
Lee spent the second half of the season on loan at National League Division Three South West side Barnstaple and impressed for the north Devon side.
Barum had been told that Lee, who played for Devon's senior team in this year's County Championships, was wanted by Albion for next season.
Their coach Kevin Squire, though, admitted the injury was a big blow for the teenager.
"It's a nasty injury," said Squire, who has signed Lee's older brother Mark from Albion for next year.
"It was an injury he was playing through recently and tweaked it and tweaked it again. Eventually it ruptured.
"He had a bad time up in Scotland (for England Counties earlier this month) and the England physios realised there was a fundamental flaw there. It's a huge blow."