It is believed that French side Toulon are considering cancelling Welsh star Leigh Halfpenny’s contract with the club before he has even played a game for the side.
The clubs owner Mourad Boudjellal has revealed he is considering terminating Halfpenny’s employment with the club due to his persistent injury troubles.
This is despite the Lions star not yet having played a game for the club after picking up a groin strain during pre-season. This follows on from an arm injury that saw him miss the end of his last season with the Cardiff Blues.
Despite early indications the groin strain may only be a niggly injury Boudjellal has revealed that his new star may require surgery which could keep him out for a few more months.
“Today, we must address this issue because we need a world-class goalkicker. We’re awaiting the medical update,” the Toulon boss told local newspaper Varmatin.
“It should be out for another two or three weeks. But the problem that we have now is that we think he may have arrived at Toulon with that injury. Now we have the impression that yes, he was injured when he signed for Toulon.
“If this is the case, we haven’t ruled out terminating his contract. We pay enough for players (when they’re away) for their national teams. We don’t feel like preparing Halfpenny for the Rugby World Cup for Wales.
“We’re conducting an investigation. I will know the whys and hows this week.”
Toulon recently announced the signing of Argentinian international Juan Martin Hernandez, who will join the club in January, which would ease the pain of Halfpenny’s potential exit.