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Fitness fight for Moody
14 June 2005 10:01am
British & Irish Lions flanker Lewis Moody faces a battle to be fit for first Test contention against New Zealand next week.
The Lions confirmed Moody had suffered an injury to his left knee in training, but the apparent seriousness was not revealed until coach Gareth Jenkins spoke to the media in Wellington.
Jenkins revealed that Moody is "out of the selection process" for next Saturday's game against Otago in Dunedin, and that will hamper his Test prospects.
Moody has not travelled to Wellington, remaining behind at the squad's Christchurch base for further tests.
Three players - Lawrence Dallaglio, Malcolm O'Kelly and Simon Taylor - have already been ruled out of the tour because of injuries.
Prop Andrew Sheridan, meanwhile, is battling to overcome an ankle injury sustained against the New Zealand Maori last Saturday, raising doubts about his prospects of being fit to face Otago.
Like Moody, Sheridan is a strong candidate for the Lions' Test 22.
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