Agonising wait for Thompson

GROUP 11 captain Chris Thompson may be forced to wait another six weeks before finding out if surgery is required on his injured left knee.

Thompson tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee just before half-time in the representative side’s win over Group 20 in the Country Championships final at Queanbeyan last month and has already been ruled out of the rest of Dubbo CYMS 2012 Group 11 campaign.

But a trip to a specialist last week didn’t reveal much in the way of a future plan for treating the injury.

“He’s 50/50 about whether he wants to operate or not so I’m in a brace and he will look at it again in six weeks,” Thompson said.

“In a way it is good because it might not need an operation but then again if he decides then that he wants to do an operation on it, that will put me close to three months between hurting it and having it operated on.

“I already know I won’t be playing again this year but the later I have to wait for an operation, if it happens, the harder it will be to get back for next year.”

While football is out of the question for the remainder of this season at least, the good news for the tough forward is that he will be returning to work next week.

“I can’t afford not to work and I am off crutches and able to hobble around a bit with the brace on so I’ll be back next week,” he said.

“I have to put food on the table for my wife and kids.”

Thompson will be looking on from the grandstand on Sunday when his teammates go head-to-head with Parkes Spacemen in a replay of last year’s Tooheys New Group 11 grand final.

The Fishies won that game and repeated the dose in the first round in 2012 at Parkes with CYMS getting up 28-24.

In other games this week in round 11 of 14, competition leaders Macquarie Raiders travel to Nyngan; Narromine host Wellington and Cobar and Forbes meet at Forbes.

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