CRAIG Briscoe was overjoyed when he went to hospital to get a date for major knee surgery and was told he didn’t need it after all.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was speechless,” said the Oldham forward, whose rugby world was shattered five weeks ago when scans indicated that he had ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
At one time such an injury would have been career-ending and even now it involves a knee reconstuction, a period on crutches and at least a year out of action.
A top consultant at Wigan Infirmary, however, has since assured 23-year-old Briscoe that in his case the damage was not as serious as first feared and that he should make a full recovery with exhaustive physiotherapy as part of a full rehabilitation programme over the next two or three months.
Describing this latest development as a “huge bonus” for the club, head coach Scott Naylor said Briscoe could be playing again before the end of June, with three months left of the Roughyeds’ fight to consolidate in the KP Championship.
He added: “Craig is made up, as you would expect. He thought he was out of the game until next year and now he can see light at the end of the tunnel.
“It’s fantastic news for the lad — and the club.”
A close-season signing from Barrow, Briscoe was injured in a warm-up game against his former team mates at Craven Park.