Henson on ‘unpaid leave’ as rugby future unclear

GAVIN HENSON’S rugby future has once again been thrown into doubt with reports claiming the Wales centre is on unpaid, indefinite leave from the Ospreys.

Rumours have circulated in recent months that Henson’s recurring injury problems had prompted him to give serious thought to quitting the game.

Henson, pictured, last week stressed his desire to return to the game, but Ospreys head coach Sean Holley claimed he did not know why the former British and Irish Lions star was currently absent from the club.

“If I’m honest, I really don’t know. Gav’s had some serious setbacks in the last couple of years,” he said. “He hasn’t been 100%, probably since around 2005 when he was hitting his peak so I think he’s been given some indefinite leave to sort himself out.”

However, an Ospreys spokesperson refused to confirm BBC Sport’s claims that Henson is on unpaid leave from the club.

“The Ospreys’ position and Gavin’s position has already been made crystal clear and there is nothing further to add. There will be no further comment until Gavin returns to action.”

Henson has not played for the club since picking up an ankle injury in March, though the club have maintained they will give the 27-year-old as much time as he needed to recover from his injury problems.

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