'Feels like a nail is going through the arch of your foot'

Kurt Gidley is hopeful returning forward Daniel Saifiti can replicate his blistering performance from his last encounter with Parramatta when he returns from injury against the Eels this Friday.

Saifiti has been missing because of a foot injury he suffered during his mammoth performance in the nights' 30-4 win against the Eels in Round 13.

It's an injury Gidley knows well.

The former Knights captain dealt with the same injury during his playing days, only he had it in both feet.

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"I've done a Lisfranc in both feet in one season, believe it or not," Gidley explained.

"It's a really painful one. I did one foot and it kept me out for a very long period like Daniel and I came back for four weeks and did the other one and got carried off the field.

"It basically feels like a nail is going through the arch of your foot.

"It's a slow process in the healing. Apparently, there's not a lot of blood flow to your ligaments in your feet which is why it's such a slow process."

The return of Saifiti is a huge boost for the Knights who also welcome Mitchell Pearce back from a pec injury.

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With the Eels sure to be fired up and well rested after a bye last week, Gidley hopes the young prop can make history repeat this weekend.

"I think he was players' player that game," Gidley said on Kurt's Call.

"Herman Ese'ese was out that game. It was a game where Daniel Saifiti really stepped up and took some real ownership of the pack.


"I know a couple senior players had a chat to him in the lead-up to that game and said 'here's your opportunity, basically take the bull by the horns' and he did.

"He scored a try and unfortunately it came at a bit of a cost for him."

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