TwoFourTwo – FourFour 2: The weeknd’s botched surgery to repair a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament is back in the news article Two FourFour – Four Four 2: Doctors have confirmed the surgery that left the Weeknd out of Australia’s opening Ashes Test was the one that saved his life.
A post-operative MRI scan revealed the damaged knee had been repaired by the operation last November, but the operation to repair it was not covered by the players’ contract and the Brisbane Broncos’ CEO said they had decided to go ahead with it.
“I’m very proud of the players, especially the players who have played their last Ashes Test,” CEO Peter Horne said.
“We’re a club that’s been around for a while, so we know what it takes to win, but we’ve been very lucky to have had so many great players around the team over the years.”
Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in Australia.
Dr Horne says the club has had a number of other successful surgeries to repair ACLs, but none that were covered by players’ contracts.
“The ACL is one of the biggest structures in the body, so it’s one of those things where you really need to have a good plan for what you’re going to do,” he said.
A knee injury is the most common injury in Australia and is estimated to cause more than one million injuries each year.
The Brisbane Broncos are hoping the weeknd will be back on the field soon.
“He’ll be back in a few weeks, so he’s not a long-term thing,” coach Shane Watson said.
He has previously said the weekned for comeback was the main thing keeping him motivated to get back to playing.
“It’s been a rollercoaster, but it’s been fun,” he told Sky Sports.
“For the past couple of years it was a little bit of a blur, but now it’s a bit of momentum.”
Every day you wake up, it’s just a blur and you have to go about your day.
You have to think about your family, what you need to do for the next day, your work and what you want to achieve.
“The weeknd had his ACL surgery in November and was expected to be out of action until the end of the year.
However, he had to undergo a hip replacement surgery and a knee reconstruction in January.
He was released by the Broncos in April and returned to the NRL as a reserve with the Warriors in late May, but has not played a game since.”
Hopefully I’ll be out for a few months, but if not I’m still excited about getting back into it,” he added.