Smith battling back after his operation

OLDHAM forward Ed Smith is happy that his latest knee operation was a success.

The surgeon removed a torn cartilage from the knee on which the former York City Knights captain had previously had two reconstructions after cruciate ligament damage.

This latest operation, performed on July 11, was a minor one compared with the others and was in no way related.

Smith now hopes to be ready to play again within a couple of months.

He said:

“I’m due to see the surgeon again this Saturday but as far as I can tell the operation went well. It was straightforward; he just took out the cartilage.

“It might be a couple of months before I can play again but I will be talking to the surgeon to see when I can start gentle exercise and begin my rehab.

“I bought a bike early on in the lockdown so I’ll be back on that as soon as I’m allowed.

“The fact that there is no rugby at present is no good for most of the lads but, to be honest, it suits me for obvious reasons. Training wise, we are all doing our own thing anyway and I’ll be working hard to get back to match fitness as soon as I can.

“The surgeon will tell me on Saturday what I can do and what I can’t do and, hopefully, it won’t be long before I’m back on the bike.”

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