Bath Rugby captain Michael Lipman is set to consult with a neurosurgeon due to his failure to make a full recovery from a concussion suffered during Bath's Heineken Cup Round 6 clash with Toulouse in January.
The England back row (10 international caps) was reportedly unconscious for up to 16 minutes after an accidental collision saw him take a blow behind his left ear in the European game at the Rec on Sunday, 25 January.
The 29-year old, who hasn't lined out for Bath since the injury, was named in last weekend's match squad to play London Irish in the Guinness Premiership but was forced to withdraw after feeling unwell in the last training session.
"You can't put a time limit on it, but you cannot play when you are not 100%. If you do so, you are risking brain damage, memory loss and the shakes. You have to look after yourself - I am only 29. I will be seeing a neurosurgeon in Bath on Tuesday." said the 2008 European Challenge Cup winner speaking after the draw with London Irish on Saturday.
Steven Meehan and fans of the 1998 Heineken Cup winners will be hoping their influential captain can make a full recovery in time for their must win clash Leicester Tigers in the Heineken Cup quarter-final on Saturday, 11 April at 6.00 pm at the Walker's Stadium.