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Guerra: “My first thought was get me the green whistle"

When Aidan Guerra fractured his ankle in the Round 5 26-18 loss to Manly, only one thought entered his mind.

“My first thought was get me the green whistle,” Guerra told the Our Town Our Team podcast.

“The doc fumbled around in his bag a bit there and I might’ve told him to hurry up.

“Once we knew what it was and that I was going to have to get surgery, I’ve been pretty positive about it. I haven’t had an injury that’s kept me out for an extended period of time for about 10 years so, I didn’t feel like it was going to be the end.



“I don’t feel like it’s severe enough for that thought. The thought that’s going through my mind is, how quickly can I get back out there? And hopefully winning some games between now and then for a push.”

Since having surgery almost three weeks ago, Guerra return to training to begin his rehabilitation work.

Getting around on crutches, the 31-year-old is pleased with the rate of his recovery.

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“The body is good,” Guerra said.

“There was a stage there where I didn’t know if it was going to feel better but it probably took about a week and a half until the pain had subsided enough for me to stand up in the kitchen or go to the toilet without it throbbing.

“Now that’s all passed, it’s a good sign I’m up and moving around pain free to an extent.

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“It’s all about getting the range of motion back in the ankle and mechanics to be able to run again.”

With his focus on getting healthy and back on the field, Guerra has a timeline of around three months to make his comeback.

Providing all goes to plan, that should see him ready to return in early August.

“Initially, before the scans come through, we thought both bones had broke,” he explained.

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“Fortunately for me it was just the one, so they plated and screwed it and all the ligaments are in tact so they’re pretty confident I’ll be back around the three-month mark.

“I’m taking it a week at a time, setting little goals, the first one is to get off crutches. Small steps.”