Rabbitohs High Performance Manager, Troy Thomson, updates Rabbitohs.com.au on Kyle Turner following his neck injury in this year’s All Stars clash.
Thomson cited that a decision has been made this week by Kyle, in consultation with specialists and coaching staff to undergo disc-replacement surgery later this week.
“Kyle sustained a pretty serious injury to his neck,” said Thomson of the incident.
“That tackle caused an acute injury to the disc in his neck and that’s actually protruding onto the spinal cord, so he had some fairly significant neurological conditions there down through his arms – some pins and needles and tingling sensations.
“He was in hospital for two nights after that game and just under observation.
“We took a long time to make a decision and we went through the process very thoroughly – saw the best surgeons in Australia and came to a decision just this week to go in and do a disc replacement.”
Thomson added that while the Club was desperate to get the representative back-rower back on the field, his long-term interests were at the core of the decision to have the surgery done.
“We’re desperate to get him back, but we’re also making sure that his best interests are at heart,” said Thomson.
“That’s the reason for the lengthy decision. We’ve got a great team of specialists as well with our doctors and physios and of course the Coach weighing in as well.
“We sat down as a group and went through that decision and ultimately had Kyle make the final decision in terms of what he wanted to do and he spoke to his family at length too.
“We feel that this is going to be the best for him in the long run – he’ll get that surgery done later this week and we’ll start the recovery process and get him back as quick as we can.”
The Rabbitohs will take on the Sydney Roosters in their first home game of the season at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 15 March at 4pm. Tickets are available now through Ticketek.