Cardiff Blues have today confirmed that club captain Matthew Rees is to undergo further medical treatment that will extend his time away from the game.
The region announced last month that hooker Rees was to have an enforced spell away from rugby.
Blues can now confirm that Rees will commence further treatment at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff from next week as he targets a return to playing in the future.
Matthew has asked the region to pass on his sincere gratitude for the many messages he has received from well-wishers over the last two weeks and to thank the media for respecting his privacy at this time.
The region will continue to support Matthew and his family in every way possible throughout this period and we look forward to his return to rugby in the future.