Bye week injury update
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With a number of players on the road to recovery from injury and others recently undergoing surgery, Knights TV spoke to Physical Performance Manager Tony Ayoub about how they're tracking.
Utility back Chanel Mata’utia injured his knee in Round 10 and is set to return next game.
“Chanel is coming back from an MCL, (medial collateral ligament) he is back in the main group and his knee is going really well,” stated Ayoub.
“He has had a checkered couple of years unfortunately so hopefully he’s got all of that behind him and he’ll go on to bigger and better things.
“We are expecting him back the next game, it would have been ideal to have the game this week but the bye has come for us.”
Jack Stockwell’s shoulder is also on the mend.
“Stocky is coming along really well with that shoulder and we expect him to take his position next week as well,” said Ayoub.
Utility David Bhana has had an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction this week for the second phase of surgery on his knee.
The 24-year-old suffered a serious knee injury playing in the Club’s Reserve Grade match against the Blacktown Workers in Round 7.
“In the next phase of his surgery he has done wonderfully well for the injury that he’s had,” said Ayoub.
“The damage to that nerve was not as bad as we thought and he’s come back really well, but his ACL reconstruction we expect to all go well and then six to nine month’s rehab from here on.
“He is another one that is working extremely hard and one that you have to pull back more than you have to push so that is a good quality.
“We will give him a couple of weeks off to let that wound heal and then we’ll get him back in and start again.
Ayoub explained the recovery of players is due to the hard work put in by the Club's medical staff.
“Travis (Maude) and Phil (Bosson) our two physios and Jen (Coleman) our doctor are just doing a wonderful job and working around the clock,” he said.
“Someone always needs something every day, particularly the guys who have got long-term injuries and the guys that we’re trying to get back in a relatively shorter time than what’s expected.
“You look at Jamie (Buhrer) and how much treatment he has had in the last few weeks is extraordinary but again that is the life of a full-time footballer... you come to expect it and we have the staff to deliver.”
The Knights have a bye this weekend before returning in Round 16 to take on the St George Illawarra Dragons at Jubilee Oval.