Former Wallabies captain David Pocock’s long-awaited return to Super rugby has been delayed after he underwent surgery on Saturday to repair a damaged knee.
Twenty-nine-year-old Pocock took a 12-month sabbatical from Australian rugby last year but still played for Japanese club Panasonic Wild Knights.
Pocock’s latest injury will keep him on the sidelines for up to 12 weeks. The surgery was to to fix damage to his meniscus and will mean that he will miss the first two months of the Super Rugby season with the Brumbies.
“There is always frustration and disappointment, but all you can do is control your reaction to it. Having a bit of time off [last year], I realise how fortunate I am,” Pocock told the Canberra Times.
“I was looking forward to arriving back in Canberra with some match fitness and ready to go, but this is probably the better approach. I’ve managed it for ages, this is the smart decision.”
The injury had been troubling Pocock for some time but he is hoping to be able to return to Super Rugby in mid-March if his surgeon is happy with his recovery.
“It’s the kind of thing that if you keep managing, at some point if it tears it will be a lot worse. You wouldn’t want that to be halfway through the season.”
Pocock took the sabbatical to be refreshed for the run into the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.