Thrush injury not as bad as feared

Date published: August 24 2015

All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush has received good news after scans on his injured ankle revealed no serious damage.

Thrush injured his ankle after falling awkwardly at a line-out during Wellington's ITM Cup clash with North Harbour in Albany last Thursday.

With the All Blacks squad for the Rugby World Cup squad set to be named at the weekend, Thrush was understandably nervous about the extend of his injury but the injury is not as bad as initially feared.

Acccording to a Fairfax Media report, Thrush has been told he sustained only a low grade ankle sprain.

Hurricanes doctor Theo Dorfling said the results were better than had been expected, although it was still too early to predict how long Thrush would be out of rugby.

Thrush's recovery will be monitored on a daily basis, but he will remain in a moonboot. He has also been ruled out of Wellington's ITM Cup clash with Northland on Saturday.

New Zealand's medical staff will also be briefed on Thrush's recovery over the next week, but his injury denies him a last chance to convince the All Blacks selectors that they should take four specialist locks to the World Cup.