A shattered Kurt Gidley has revealed how close he came to playing for NSW despite a serious ankle injury.
The injury is expected to keep the NSW utility out for the rest of the series, with Gidley likely to miss at least six weeks of action. The news could have been far worse for the Newcastle captain, who had intended to play on Wednesday night despite some irritation in his ankle.
“I was confident going into the Origin camp that I’d be right to play,” Gidley said. “My head doesn’t feel great. My foot feels worse. It’s disappointing for this to happen at this time of year. I was looking forward to getting back into the Origin camp and that environment again. Unfortunately the risk involved playing on with it was too great. If I tore it completely it’s six- to 12-month recovery. It’s not worth it.”
The former NSW skipper damaged the ankle in the early moments of Newcastle’s round 10 clash against Canterbury. Scans did not reveal any long-term damage, so he took on the Warriors last week and had every intention to play his first game for NSW since 2011, after missing the last series with injury.
But more scans after his Origin call-up showed the extent of the problem.
”If we weren’t sent for more scans I would’ve played the Origin game,” Gidley said. ”It’s a bit of a ticking time bomb. All the reports from the doctors said it was OK to play on. If the Origin game wasn’t coming up I would’ve played the club game and we wouldn’t have done any more scans. It was lucky I was in Origin camp and the doctor said let’s go for another scan to make sure. It showed more damage. Lucky I got onto it when I did.”
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