Since the night Aidan Guerra went to hospital for surgery on his ankle, everything has gone smoothly.
It was Round 5 the Knights forward went down.
He was told he’d be out for three months. Just over two months on and Guerra is set to make his comeback.
“We are ahead of schedule,” Guerra said.
“Maybe they aired on the side of caution when they tell you how long you’re going to be out for.
“They told me it was a three-month injury, the surgeon told me it was shorter, and the physios and medical staff were all confident they could shorten that.
“We’ve been working pretty hard on the injury and fitness.”
The Knights forward admits it’s not easy sitting on the sidelines, but it has made him more determined to get back.
“The first game I missed was when they played the Titans and that was really tough to watch, not only for me but probably every Newcastle Knights fans.” Guerra commented.
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“Since then to be able to sit on the sidelines and play the way that they have, has made my time on the side a little bit easier, easy to watch your mates do well.
“It has also made me hungrier because I want to be part of it.
“I want to get back out there and be a part of the side that’s been successful, and to build on that success.”
Guerra played in the Knights Canterbury Cup side last week. He played 41 minutes.
He knows now he’s ready.
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“Played a game just before the bye to get some footy under my belt and proved to myself and the coaches that I am ready to go,” explained Guerra.
“Been training fully since then and I am ready to go.
“If there is anything that happens, and anyone goes down, they know that they can count on me.
“I’m in a position to put my hand up for the round.
“When it’s my time, it’s my time.”