Melbourne Storm's Marika Koroibete received a strange injury that resulted in him having to get stitches and plastic surgery to recover from. The injury was located in his achilles, and has left the player on the road to recovery in order to recoup his fitness.
The injury occurred back in the Storm's match up against the Roosters in Sydney. The gash was deep enough to require both inner and outer stitching, as well as plastic surgery to help seal up the wound and help prevent it from picking up an infection.
“It is a very strange injury,” Koroibete stated during an interview. “I felt something with five minutes to go before half-time and just kept running. At half-time I told the physio my leg was sore, and he opened it up and saw the blood and the cut.”
Before Koroibete is eligible to play, he will have to fully recover from his injury and prove that he is physically fit. During recovery, he has been unable to practice or do much physical activity, and so much of his endurance and stamina has declined as a result. He is hoping to be ready to play against North Queensland at the AAMI Park match.
“I’m still struggling a bit. I haven’t started training yet,” Koroibete said as he informed us as to the severity of his lack of training. “The medical staff will do their best in getting me back there, but I didn't do any sessions last week. But, so far, so good, and hopefully I can come good by Saturday, but I have to pass my fitness test first. To be honest, it is getting better every day, but it is still slow because it is a massive cut. They took off the glue yesterday, so it feels a bit better.”
If Koroibete is able to play in the match, it will be the biggest match of his career so far. He has never been able to play this far into a rugby competition, as this will be a preliminary final match. While the injury has been frustrating to say the least, Koroibete shows that he wants to play and is working hard to recover.