Mitchell in shock RWC return?

2011-04-26 07:01

Sydney - Injured Australia wing Drew Mitchell, who dislocated his ankle last Saturday, is targeting a return to the field in time to be considered as a surprise inclusion in Robbie Deans's Rugby World Cup squad.

VIDEO: Drew Mitchell's horror ankle injury

Mitchell suffered the injury when he collided with Scott Higginbotham during the Waratahs' 19-15 loss to the Reds in their Super Rugby match in Brisbane.

Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said after the match, when it was confirmed Mitchell had dislocated his right ankle and broken a bone in his leg, that his winger was not expected to be back this year. Players with similar injuries have needed at least six months to recover.

The 27-year-old Mitchell, however, said he expected the injury to be healed within three months and the motivating factor during his rehabilitation would be to be included in Deans's World Cup squad. He had been an almost certainty prior to the injury.

"The indication I got is 12-14 weeks, it is much better news than it could have been," Mitchell was quoted as saying by Tuesday's Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

"If I had been looking at the World Cup as not being an option at all, sometimes the motivation might not have been as high as it could be.

"I'll make sure that whatever day-to-day rehab stuff is required, I will do.

"It will be tedious and boring but, if that tedious and boring work is going to put me in a position to hopefully be looked at for World Cup selection, it will be worth it.

"I was immediately trying to work out how many weeks it would be before I could possibly return. It has put me in a better place than what it could have.

"Also, ever since the last World Cup when we were eliminated in the quarter-finals, from that moment I have done everything I can to get back for the next World Cup."

Australia have been drawn in Pool C with Ireland, Italy, the United States and Russia for the September 9-October 23 World Cup in New Zealand.


  • Magoo - 2011-04-26 08:55

    Still young enough to make it to the next WC - why risk his whole career on this one?

      Black Beauty - 2011-04-26 09:45

      That's what John Smit said, funny that

  • Hannes Perth - 2011-04-26 09:54

    Drew is playing his best rugby now. Good luck Drew, you have grown spectacularly as player since switching from the Reds to the Force and then to the Tahs. You deserve the left wing position in RWC 2011. Would be a pitty if he miss out and anything can happen in four years...

      Thomas - 2011-04-27 00:37

      How Higginbotham wasn't cited and suspended for blatently stepping into Mitchell I don't know!! If he had held his line as the law states Mitchell would have run right past him!!!

  • Met Uysh! - 2011-04-26 15:12

    Eish....dislocated ankle, you never really recover from that. A real pity, he is such a great player!

      Rob van den Heuvel - 2011-04-28 11:53

      Agree, while he is a good player his speed will suffer with that his confidence will take a dip. Sorry but that's just the nature of the injury.

  • devils_advo - 2011-04-26 20:37

    I had the same injury in November 2009. Dislocated and broken ankle, snapped fibia and torn ligaments. It is possible to be walking and driving within 1-2 months. Fairly good flexibility and agility will take 6-8 months minimum. Full contact after 10-12 months.... That was because I had great rehab teams. The plates and pins are still in today without pain, but you never get back 100% flexibility and dexterity. If he really has broken his leg and ankle then there is no chance he could perform at peak by the WC.

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