All Blacks second-row Brodie Retallick is set to return to action for the Chiefs when they face the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday, after recovering from a wrist injury.
The 28-year-old has been sidelined for the past two months after tearing a tendon during his side’s Round Nine victory over the Blues in Hamilton on April 13 and admitted that he is keen to play again.
“It’s about time, eh,” Retallick told Stuff after a Chiefs training session on Monday.
“It’s been a long eight weeks. I’m definitely excited to get back out there against the Rebels.
“It was quite tough watching, especially if we didn’t get the result.”
The Chiefs have certainly missed the second-row’s presence as they have had a mixed bag of results during his spell on the sidelines and, although there were rumours that he would return sooner, Retallick said that was not the case.
“I went and saw a hand therapist and got a bit of an idea, she sent me to a specialist and the specialist said it’d be eight weeks for the tendon to grow where there was a tear,” he added.
“So it was always going to be eight weeks. Obviously, last week with the bye was kind of bad timing, because that was the eighth week, I would have been able to play then. But it’s given it another week to make sure it is right.”
With the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan looming on the horizon, Retallick admitted that his eight-week break gave his body a good rest.
“The eight weeks I used pretty well and got extremely fit and could kind of mentally check out, so I’ve tried to use it as best I could,” he said.
“[It] has kind of been good in hindsight, especially around my fitness and my body and stuff like that. I don’t think fitness should be an issue, thanks to the trainers here, I’ve just been running up and down the sideline.”