Ryan’s RWC dream is over

After consultation with medical advisors, Highlanders lock James Ryan has decided to opt for surgery to repair his left knee and will be sidelined for the rest of the 2007 season.

Ryan ruptured both his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament ) and MCL (Medial Collateral Ligament) whilst playing against the Chiefs in Queenstown.

The rehabilitation period post the operation is seven to nine months forcing Ryan out of all rugby this year and out of contention for the World Cup.

“I’m obviously extremely disappointed to be out for the season but I guess I need to be philosophical about it, my focus now has to be on getting through the operation and starting the rehabilitation programme,” said Ryan.

The season ending injury is especially hard luck for Ryan as he missed most of the 2006 season while recuperating from shoulder surgery.

“I really feel for James – he worked extremely hard to comeback from his shoulder injury last year and was in good form so far this season,” Highlanders Coach Greg Cooper said.

All Blacks forwards coach Steve Hansen also expressed condolences for the 24-year-old: “We’re very disappointed for James, but we can’t change the fact that he is injured and the focus now has to be on getting his knee right so that he can play well again. The longevity of his career is more important than a quick fix.”

 

365 Digital

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