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Nacewa’s return in doubt

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The Blues will decide later this week if Isa Nacewa is ready for a return to action but at the moment Nacewa himself says that it’s a 50-50 call.


The Blues will hold off the decision for as long as they can but the Blues fullback has hinted that the call might err on the side of caution.


Nacewa told RugbyHeaven that he didn’t want to rush his return if there is any doubt in his mind at all about the knee.


Nacewa picked up the knee injury in the Blues round three match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and coincidentally that is also when the Blues suffered a drop in form and have been struggling ever since.


The Blues face the Brumbies this week and then they have the bye. They also lost wing Joe Rokocoko for the season so Nacewa’s return can only help as he can play anywhere in the Blues backline.


“I’ve been so frustrated sitting round not being in the team,” he declared.


“Mentally I just want to get out there and play. But the doc and the medical staff will be wary this week of not pushing me too hard and come Wednesday is probably when we’ll make a decision on whether I’m fit enough to play.”


Nacewa, 25, says that the problem knee is all but fully recovered and that it was only a matter of testing it out this week on the training paddock under duress.


“My medial ligament a lot stronger, and strength wise I’ve built up my quad which is what the medical staff wanted me to do. It’s feeling a lot more stable and agility wise it’s good too. So it’s going pretty well.”


Nacewa also added that he wasn’t feeling any pressure despite the loss of Rokocoko this week.


“No one’s pushing me, the coaches haven’t put any pressure on me either. I guess I’ll just see how I go in the contact drills at the end of trainings each day.


“The likes of Benson Stanley and Anthony Tuitavake are playing such good rugby. Losing Roks is a big call but we’ve got enough experience there to keep it going.”


The Blues have lost three out of their five matches since Nacewa picked up his injury and he revealed that he is not a fan of watching his teammates from the stands.


“I can’t stand watching footy,” he declares.


“You’re sitting up in the stand each game not really knowing what to say or do. I’ve never been that good watching rugby, so I just want to be out there playing.”


The Blues will have home advantage on the weekend against a struggling Brumbies team and Nacewa hinted that he will be given this week and then the bye to recover fully from the knee injury.


“It’s always tough when you have a bye the following week.


“We don’t like to think ahead, but if I didn’t play I’d have an extra two weeks to get it a lot better than where it would be.”

 

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