Lions unconcerned despite further surgery for Gatland

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James Mortimer     26 Sep 2012     Getty Images

Wales head coach Warren Gatland was appointed British and Irish Lions coach nearly a month ago, appointed after leading Wales to the third place play off in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, while he guided the team to their second Six Nations Grand Slam in four years.

The accident, originally suffered in Gatland's Waikato home in April, led to Wales assistant coach Rob Howley taking control of the Red Dragons for their recent 0-3 test series defeat to the Wallabies, while Howley will again oversee proceedings during the bulk of the 2013 Six Nations.

The Lions have taken the measure of ensuring that the new Lions coach will have more preparation time than ever before in a bid to win their first series in 16 years.

The following statement was released by the Lions regarding the 49-year-old Gatland's operation.

"The operation to his right heel, which was broken in his much documented accident (where both heels were broken), will see Warren enter hospital on Friday," the statement said.

"The procedure will entail treatment to an area of damaged and blistered skin. It is expected he will spend a few days in hospital after the procedure."