More surgery extends Tuqiri’s absence from Wests Tigers team.
West Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri has had his horror run with injury extended after more surgery on his torn bicep, which The Daily Telegraph has revealed had not healed properly.
For the third NRL season in a row Tuqiri is being faced with more time spent on the bench which has put a dark cloud over his contract with the Tigers which is currently only a one year deal.
If the former NRL and Union star spends any more time on the sidelines with injury the club could be forced to reconsider his contract.
The bicep injury was sustained in the Tigers round 18 clash against the Canterbury Bulldogs last year and ended the wingers season which was still an improvement after a broken forearm ended his 2010 season in just the third round.
The dual internationalist could miss the first fourth months of the 2013 competition which may also be the 33-year-olds final NRL season. Tuqiri returned to the NRL three years ago after a successful transition to Rugby Union competition that saw his play for the Wallabies.
Tuqiri was devastated by the news but is determined to return to the field as soon as his injuries will allow him to. Tigers coach Mick Potter said the club would do whatever it could to help the winger get back on the field.
“Lote has worked hard in pre-season training. He was doing all the fitness work but hasn’t been able to get a clearance from the surgeon to do any contact work,” Potter told the Telegraph.
“We will do everything we can to support his rehabilitation and our main priority is to ensure that he fully recovers.”