NRL: Knights’ Rochow to put surgery on back-burner
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Robbie Rochow will delay back surgery, with spasms keeping him out of last weekend’s clash with the Panthers. Pic: Jonathan CarrollKNIGHTS coach Rick Stone said back-rower Robbie Rochow will delay backsurgery and instead treat a bulging disc with a cortisone injection,with a view to returning in two weeks.
Rochow suffered back spasms while warming up before Newcastle’s gameagainst Penrith at Hunter Stadium last Saturday and missed their 26-14victory over the Panthers.
The 24-year-old Country Origin representative was expected to undergosurgery this week to have the swollen disc shaved, which would haveruled him out for six to eight weeks.
But Stone said Rochow saw a specialist on Monday and has decided totreat the injury conservatively with a cortisone injection andphysiotherapy.
If that treatment is successful, Rochow could miss only one or twogames, Stone said.
“Robbie has seen a specialist and his back may be not quite as bad aswhat we thought,” Stone said.
“We’re going to try to manage him over the next couple of weeks andsee if we can get some more games out of him possibly for the rest ofthe year rather than having surgery, but we’ll assess that as we goalong in the next few weeks.”
Stone indicated former Cowboys back-rower Tariq Sims, who will makehis Knights debut after serving the last four games of a five-matchsuspension, would replace Rochow in the pack for the game against theDragons at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.
The coach said winger James McManus, who missed the victory over thePanthers due to an eye infection, would return against the Dragons.
The Knights are the NRL’s outright leaders after opening the seasonwith four straight wins.