Warren Whiteley (Gallo Photographs)
Springbok and Lions No eight Warren Whiteley appears set to endure knee surgical procedure on the finish of the 12 months.
He’s at present having fun with his position because the Lions’ lineout coach however has not given up hopes of returning to the enjoying area.
The previous Bok captain has not performed rugby since early 2019 resulting from ongoing knee troubles.
Springbok and Lions No eight Warren Whiteley appears set to endure knee surgical procedure on the finish of the 12 months to offer himself the very best likelihood of returning the enjoying area.
The 32-year-old, at present having fun with his position because the Lions’ lineout coach, has been battling a bone bruise in his knee for over a 12 months now however hasn’t formally retired from the sport.
In an interview with IOL Sport, the 32-year-old mentioned docs knowledgeable him that surgical procedure was the one choice if he wished to make a enjoying return.
“I’ve seen docs up right here (Johannesburg), I’ve seen a health care provider in Durban and most not too long ago I have been involved with a surgeon in Cape City, who’s prone to do the operation.
“I’ve spoken to as many docs as attainable to get totally different opinions and so they’re all in settlement. If I am to get higher and if the knee is to heal correctly I’ve to have one other operation,” he mentioned.
Whiteley added that the restoration course of could be lengthy and that the top of the 12 months could be the popular time to have the operation.
“I will should be on crutches for some time and I do not need to be on crutches when rugby begins up once more,” he mentioned whereas admitting that there have been no ensures if he’ll play rugby once more.
The previous Springbok captain not too long ago additionally hinted that he was lacking enjoying rugby.
“I do not assume the transition from participant to educate has at all times been simple,” Whiteley instructed a panel dialogue throughout a Lions and Wits Sport teaching webinar collection.
“I nonetheless get a little bit of a twitch when the fellows take the sphere and I need to strap up and get on there. I do not assume that may ever go away. I will at all times get butterflies within the abdomen on the considered it. That is simply all the way down to my ardour for the sport.”
He’s additionally having fun with his position as a coach.
“Rugby is my absolute ardour. I need to assist gamers higher
themselves. Whereas I used to be enjoying, I beloved seeing the potential of gamers
being realised. To see that occur earlier than your eyes, particularly in the event that they
grow to be Springboks, is phenomenal,” he mentioned.
“As a coach, that is what drives me.”
Whiteley performed 23 Exams for the Springboks between 2014 and 2018.
– Compiled by Sport24 employees