Slade waiting on surgery

2011-11-01 11:25

Auckland - All Blacks flyhalf Colin Slade is still waiting to have surgery for his torn adductor, waiting for a hospital based infection to clear.
According to the website, Slade picked up the infection when he was being tested to determine the full extent of the groin injury he suffered in the All Blacks' Rugby World Cup quarter-final win against Argentina on October 9.

The last week he has been in hospital, and while he attended the final against France and the team’s first parade in Auckland, he was forced to miss his homecoming as he waits for the infection to clear so he can be operated on.

Slade will be part of the Highlanders' 2012 Super Rugby squad named on Wednesday, and while he was still to begin recovery from his injury, he was confident he would be able to start the season - putting a horror Super Rugby campaign for 2011 behind him where he suffered two broken jaws.

The young playmaker told the NZ Herald he was hopeful he could overcome “just another hurdle”, and said he didn’t want to miss the first match of the Highlanders 2012 season.

"I hope not, it (the injury) shouldn't do," he said.

"Hopefully I can get the operation done and move on and look forward to next year."