Lions and Springbok prop Julian Redelinghuys is still hopeful of a return to rugby despite doctors not being very optimistic about his chances of playing again.
Redelinghuys sustained a serious neck injury during last year’s Currie Cup semi-final between the Lions and the Cheetahs after a tackle from Torsten van Jaarsveld.
The Lions prop immediately underwent surgery and is still busy with his rehabilitation.
“The rehabilitation is going really well,” Redelinghuys told Netwerk24.
“My shoulder muscles improved towards the end of December and I now have more movement in my left arm, because during the first two and a half months after the surgery I couldn’t really do that.”
The left side of his body is still a lot weaker than his right side, which makes his possible return to rugby an uncertain one. What is clear at this stage is that Redelinghuys will not play Super Rugby for the Lions this year.
“I have an appointment with the doctors who performed the surgery on me at the end of the month. They will be able to give me a good indication of when, and if, I will be able to play again,” Redelinghuys said.
“I haven’t yet been to a doctor who thinks it’s a good idea for me to play again, but I still have hope. What they are sayinbg makes sense. This was after all my second neck operation.”