New South Wales centre completes another remarkable recovery.
He was meant to be out of action for up to four months, but somebody forgot to tell Josh Morris.
The star centre injured his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in New South Wales’ first win in this year’s State of Origin series, many feared Morris would not be seen again on the field until just before finals.
However, thanks to six weeks of intensive physiotherapy Morris is set to play in the third Origin clash, capping a remarkable recovery.
It is the second time Morris has suffered a ruptured PCL and the 27-year-old said the previous experience helped him make smarter decisions to get back on the field quickly.
“I ruptured (my PCL) in my right knee in 2011 and I think being a bit older and wiser and knowing what I had to do helped me get back,” Morris said.
“There was a lot of time spent attached to an ice machine at home.
“Your PCL is more for your take off and acceleration and you just have to work on your hamstrings and your quads to compensate for it not being there,” he said.
“You don’t need surgery, but when you lose your PCL it doesn’t come back.
“I don’t have one in either knee now so it’s just a case of doing my rehab and working on strengthening the muscles around the area.”
Morris also cast of suggestions he will be rusty for what is expected to be another huge Origin clash, despite the Blues having won the series for the first time in eight years.
“The medical staff at the Bulldogs are first class and Des Hasler is very big on rehab and new ideas,” he said.
“Science has moved on so much even from when I did it to the other knee and I’ve no doubt I can keep up the form that have shown over the last couple of seasons if I’m diligent with what I do in the gym.
“I am only 27 and I think I have a good few years left in me.”
Morris was one of the stars for the Blues in Origin I, which left a terrible injury toll on some of the NRL’s biggest names, but his inspiring performance helped NSW give them the advantage on the road in Brisbane.