Elliot Dixon to undergo surgery on torn bicep sidelining him for three to four months
Elliot Dixon will undergo surgery on Tuesday morning to repair a torn bicep and is expected to be sidelined for three or four months.
The Highlanders loose forward suffered the injury while playing in the Southland Stags' Mitre 10 Cup game against Manawatu a fortnight ago.
He initially thought he had picked up an annoying hematoma to his bicep and played on during the remainder of the game.
The former All Black was sore afterwards but didn't think too much of it at the time. He even went hunting on the Sunday after the game, none the wiser in terms of the extent of the injury.
However, he noticed his bicep was a little deformed and when the Stags medical staff checked it out they sent him for scans.
It was determined he had in fact torn his bicep and 10 days after picking up the injury he will go under the knife.
The expected three to four month recovery time should mean he will be back in time for the Highlanders' pre-season fixtures in the lead up to the 2018 Super Rugby season.
However, Dixon was expected to be part of the New Zealand Maori team's tour to Canada next month but now will not be available for selection.
While there is never a good time for an injury or surgery, Dixon agreed it could certainly have come at a worse time, considering he is still expected to be available for the start of the Super Rugby season.
The break also may well be a blessing in disguise as he takes some enforced leave from rugby following a big workload in recent seasons.
"Me and my partner talked about that, that it might end up being good to be able to step away for a bit and spend the summer in Mosgiel just being a dad.
"I'm just gutted I wasn't able to finish the season off with Southland because I'm unsure where I'll be next year. It might have been my last time in a Southland jersey."
Dixon has previously said he would make a decision throughout next year's Super Rugby campaign as to if he would extend his stay in New Zealand or head overseas.
With the All Blacks path a congested one, that overseas option may well be appealing. Although Dixon indicted if he did opt to head off-shore he hoped that wouldn't be the end of him playing in New Zealand.
"I wouldn't like to go overseas for too long, maybe two years. I would always be keen to pull on a maroon and gold jumper again, so I'm not ruling that out.
"If I go overseas it might just be a couple of years break, if I stay [in New Zealand] I might be back playing for Southland next year."
Dixon arrived in Southland as a 20-year-old in 2010, making the shift from Canterbury, and in many aspects has come a long way to where he is at now.
"I've matured a lot with my rugby and my personal life. I've got a partner and two kids which I'm really happy with.
"Southland gave me my shot. I was stuck in Canterbury with a lot of players in front of me so it was awesome to come down and get some game time.
"It was awesome to come through the ranks and play for the Highlanders and the All Blacks. If I do leave [Southland] I'll have fond memories."
Despite undergoing surgery this week Dixon does plan to be at Southland's final game of 2017 against Otago in Dunedin on Saturday.
"I don't know if I'll be able to run water but hopefully I'll watching from the bench helping where I can."