Young Argaum star James played three matches with a broken jaw
CITY rugby player Dan James has been sidelined by a broken jaw – after he played three games with the injury without realising it.
Utility forward James, who plays for Devon Two promotion hopefuls Plymouth Argaum, is thought to have suffered the injury when his side defeated Buckfastleigh Ramblers 39-7 on November 17.
The teenager was substituted after complaining of a painful jaw during his side's 37-7 win at DHSOB.
Argaum saw off Ilfracombe 29-0 in another home match on December 8 with James in the team.
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But the Devon Under-20 player decided to have the injury checked out after he suffered pain through that match.
Argaum head coach Dave Sansom said he expected the highly-rated James would be sidelined for weeks.
He said: "When he got his jaw X-rayed, there appeared to be nothing much wrong.
"He was told he had a fracture, but nothing too bad.
"But he went back for another X-ray and they found he had a break.
"He had been saying his jaw hurt for some time, and we think he must have got injured when we were playing against Buckfastleigh.
"We needed the Christmas break, because the team were carrying a few injuries and we think Danny's going to be out for the next few weeks.
"He's not too bad, however, and I'm sure he will be back in training soon."
Argaum, who are this year celebrating the club's 125-year anniversary, do not play another league game until January 26 – a week after all their Devon Two rivals.
Because of the odd number of clubs in Devon Two, one team always has a week off.
That, however, increases the chances of James being fit when Argaum take on Plympton Victoria at Bickleigh Down in their first match of 2013.
Meanwhile, Argaum take on Saltash in the Lockie Cup on Saturday. At least they hope they do. Argaum were struck down with what is thought to be the norovirus bug before playing Salcombe on Saturday.
Samson, who has hopes of getting Argaum into Devon One, said from a potential squad of 28, he was reduced to 14 players, who lost 36-6.