Rugby

Lambie nears return to full fitness

2017-08-24 12:25
Pat Lambie (Gallo)

Durban - Sharks and Springbok flyhalf Pat Lambie is hoping to be given the all-clear to return to rugby within a "couple of weeks" after having struggled with concussion symptoms in recent times. 

It has been a nightmarish run for the 26-year-old, who has had a series of battles with head knocks. 

The major "blow" came on June 11, 2016 when Lambie was knocked out cold by a sickening CJ Stander hit while on duty for the Springboks against Ireland at Newlands. 

That blow kept Lambie out for more than five months, and when he returned, it wasn't long before he was sidelined again. 

On May 13 this year, in a Super Rugby clash against the Kings, Lambie smashed his head into team-mate Rhyno Smith and was helped from the field. 

He has not played since. 

That latest injury prompted speculation that the 56-Test veteran would not return to rugby. 

Lambie, though, quickly squashed those rumours, saying that retirement was not an option

Now, in an interview with Durban's East Coast Radio, Lambie has revealed that he is hoping to be available for selection soon. 

"I'm getting fit. I'm training pretty much flat out ... everything except contact," he told the station.

"I have a follow-up doctor's appointment in a couple weeks time and I'm hoping to get the all-clear then. Then we can plan the way forward."

Lambie also went into detail explaining how tough the past few months have been.

"I battled with symptoms, call it post-concussion syndrome. Symptoms were headaches and sore and sensitive eyes," he said.

Thankfully, that's all a thing of the past and I'm ramping up the training every day and every week now and coping well, getting fit and strong.

"The most frustrating part is that I wasn't feeling great for the first few months, so to wake up every day feeling like you're hungover and you haven't had the fun from the night before, it's frustrating."

Lambie has been linked with a move to French outfit Racing 92

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