TJ Perenara confident of full recovery
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TJ Perenara says the bloodclot that kept him in a Brisbane hospital following surgery on his broken ankle, was not serious and will not delay his recovery.
The Hurricanes halfback was all smiles after re-joining his teammates in Wellington today and positive he would make a full recovery.
However, the 20-year-old said doctor's had given him the all clear and despite a metal screw and plate remaining in his ankle, did not anticipate any further problems.
''Hopefully four months is how long I'll be out and into walking soonish and back to running again in eight to ten weeks, that's best case scenario,'' he said a day after arriving back in New Zealand.
''Bloodclots can happen after surgery, it was a tiny wee thing, but they said you can't fly on it just in case. It was precaution rather than anything serious in terms of blood clots.''
He described the moment the injury happened and said he immediately knew it was serious.
''I was trying to score a try. I got the ball back from Jimmy [James] Marshall and a guy tackled me and I landed awkwardly and she broke,'' he said. ''I knew it was broken straight away. I heard it, felt it. I was just hoping my foot wasn't sideways, which it wasn't.''
It was too soon to put a date on his return to the field, but Perenara doubted he would be in contention for the All Blacks or Maori All Blacks this year.
''I don't know. If I'm back playing ITM Cup then maybe it's an option, but let's wait and see. If it's not I've still got next year to play footy, so there will be time to come back.''
The injury had been tough, the first serious set back of his budding career, but he was not getting down about it and had been encouraged by his cousin Henry Perenara, who played 72 matches in the NRL and dealt with numerous set backs.
''No matter what injury or anything that happens in your career that stops you doing what you love you are going to be disappointed,'' he said. ''They said it's not as bad as doing your AC [shoulder] or something like that. It's a break. The bone heals and it will get back to normal. It's different, but it's character building.
''It gives me an opportunity to focus on other things in my life. Rugby will only be here a certain amount of time so the more I can sort outside footy can only be better for later on.''
Seeing his Hurricanes teamates again had lifted his spirits.
''It's been a long time, so getting in here and seeing the family it's pretty cool for me. Just a nice feeling to be home,'' he said. ''I had plenty of family over there and my partner, she flew over and spent some time. comfort from the family was good.
''Nights it did get a little bit lonely... but being around the boys being all up-beat about playing footy this week has put a smile on my face.''
- The Dominion Post
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