Lavea 'gutted' by injury

Date published: February 4 2008

Tasesa Lavea, who has a history of injuries in major competition, admitted that he was bitterly disappointed about the foot injury that would keep him out of the Super 14 this year.

Tasesa Lavea, who has a history of injuries in major competition, admitted that he was bitterly disappointed about the foot injury that would keep him out of the Super 14 this year.

“I'm pretty gutted,” Lavea told the Waikato Times on Monday

“When I first did it [the foot] I thought maybe four to six weeks, not four to six months,” added the Chiefs flyhalf.

However, he said that he was handling it a lot better than he did last year, when his Super 14 was ended prematurely by an Achilles tendon injury, but disappointed that he been injured again before the new season even started.

“I feel gutted for the medical staff who have really helped me out in the last year and a bit, managing my injuries and helping me a lot.

“I went into the Highlanders [at Invercargill] game feeling good, feeling fresh, the body was good, no niggles or injuries,” added Lavea.

He admitted that it would indeed be difficult to sit on the sidelines this year and that spending time with the family would help lift his spirits somewhat.

However, he did say that he would be 100 per cent behind the team – which he feels can do really well in the Super 14 – throughout the season.

“Obviously if I go in every day it's going to do my head in a bit but if I'm there once or twice a week and at the home games it should be enough to keep me going,” said Lavea.

Lavea will have surgery on Tuesday before spending up to six weeks in a cast. After a further three months he will once again have an appointment with the doctors, where he hopes to hear that will recover in time for the Air New Zealand Cup.