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Bowen faces 10 months on sidelines

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by kingyfan, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. kingyfan

    kingyfan Member

    +5 /0
    Brett has similar knee problems as Bowen which is why he cannot be rushed back too early.  

    Sorry dan just realised I should have put this through the article section.


    August 24th, 2009

    A BRAVE Matt Bowen has vowed to return to the NRL despite learning his right knee will require similar radical surgery to that which wrecked his 2008 season.

    The quicksilver fullback has been below his best in recent weeks - largely because the cartilage in the joint has degenerated to the same point his left knee did last year.

    Bowen limped from the field in the Cowboys' 32-26 loss to the Knights on Saturday night after aggravating a strain in his left knee early in the game.

    That injury is a result of him favouring the repaired joint to spare any further damage on the right.

    The club is expected to rush him into surgery in the post-season for a matrix-induced autologous chondrocyte implant operation which would rule him out until at least July next year.

    The procedure involves having cartilage grown on a matrix to be inserted into the knee and would leave him
    immobile for 10 weeks and unable to play football for 10 months.

    The process is not without risks and could place the 27-year-old's career in jeopardy, although the devastated fullback has braced himself to endure the long rehab for a second time and return next season.

    ''I spoke to (physio) Steve (Sartori) and the doc and it's similar to what I did last year,'' Bowen said.

    ''It's going to be a long recovery again but hopefully it will be successful like the left knee.

    ''I know what to expect now, being laid up for almost 10 weeks when I had the left one done. It's all right mate, hopefully it recovers.''

    Medical staff will assess the knee in the coming weeks although the surgery seem an inevitable process to ensure Bowen plays in the years to come.

    His presence last year was sorely missed after he finally bowed to the injury and went under the knife following the Cowboys' round eight clash against South Sydney.

    He has shown patches of his best form late in this season after a slow start following the first round of surgery and was clinical in the club's 34-18 mauling of the Titans in round 21.

    The usual spark has gone missing in the last three weeks, though, as the Cowboys have crashed to three straight losses and out of the NRL top eight.

    While losing Bowen for the majority of the 2010 season will be a heavy blow, getting his right knee fixed could extend his career by two years.

    It will be a tough call for the club to make but coach Neil Henry said it would be vital to bring him back to his best form in the coming seasons.

    'Both knees have degenerated a bit ... we need to make a decision or not whether he needs to have that same operation done on his other knee now and that's looking likely,'' he said.

    ''It's quite a long, drawn-out process, if he got the other knee done it's 10 months recovery.

    ''It would put him out for the first half of the season regardless, he would be out until July and that's if he can get it done in the next six weeks.''

    Bowen is hopeful he can recover quickly from his latest setback on his left knee and play the remaining two games of the season.

    ''(Saturday) night the left knee was pretty sore and I couldn't do much,'' he said.

    ''I couldn't have done much about it and hopefully it recovers for this weekend.''
  2. The Wheel

    The Wheel Well-Known Member

    +2,761 /88
    There goooorrrrrrnnneee
  3. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    Damn, we want them to beat brisbane this weekend

    Why can't these sort of things happen to Dog Slater. Minichiello, Patten, Stewart and Bowen have all been hit hard recently
  4. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,355 /56
    Bad news for Bowen. Don't mind him as a player and he seems a decent bloke too. Don't like his mate Thurston though - dirty bugger and gets away with it.
  5. Ron E. Gibbs

    Ron E. Gibbs Well-Known Member

    +2,337 /21
    I love watching Matty Bowen play, and he's always been a good club man at the Cowboys. This is terrible news for him, just as he was starting to hit some form again. Just goes to show how tough the players are.
  6. gomanly

    gomanly Member

    +0 /0
    will we be getting a letter askng for farrar to go back to the cowboys now?
  7. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    We certainly got the better of that swap.  Bani was terrible against Newcastle.  Looked frightened and out of sorts all night.  Would never had made that covering tackle on Slater.
  8. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

    +0 /0
    We should give them the number of Stewarts surgeon - we owe them even more now after that season saving tackle by Farah yesterday.
  9. Matabele

    Matabele Well-Known Member

    +516 /14
    Was thinking the same thing when I saw this headline kingyfan.  I'd rather Stewart not play at all this year if it's the difference between making sure he has career longevity.
  10. clontaago

    clontaago Well-Known Member

    +170 /1
    Completely different injuries.

    Brett's knee was a ligament tear. Bowen's  is cartlidge degeneration which means bone is rubbing on bone.

    Yes he did strain a ligament but only because he was favouring the knee with no cartlidge in it. Thats the injury that will keep him out for 10 months, not the strain.
  11. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,476 /8
    I do recall a fat clairvoyant on TFS declaring it be a Manly v Cowboys grandfinal.
  12. mwsneagle

    mwsneagle Active Member

    +47 /0
    Saw that too, maybe she got 50% of it right - she did say Manly would win it ;D
  13. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Stewart's injury is a meniscus injury and there are similarities between his and Bowen's injury. The medical staff know what they are doing and I doubt they will risk Snake. (There has been talk for a while that Brett will not play a long career and needs to make the most of things whilst he is young.)
  14. kingyfan

    kingyfan Member

    +5 /0
    Not quite.

    Brett's injury was scar tissue on his knee cartlidge tearing away resulting in bone on bone. 
  15. missing_something

    missing_something Active Member

    +0 /0
    There was that talk about Nik Kosef and Steve Menzies also, They got one right and one wrong.
  16. Canteen Worker

    Canteen Worker Well-Known Member

    +215 /5
    Good point m_s! I hope they are wrong.
  17. nita

    nita Member

    +2 /0
    big time! Come on karma.. It's billy's turn!
  18. SeaEagleRock8

    SeaEagleRock8 Sea Eagle Lach Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +10,565 /215
    Older fans will recall Mal Reilly's knee. Now that was a fine knee saga.
  19. Ian Martin tragic

    Ian Martin tragic Well-Known Member

    +186 /0
    re. mal reilly, the opposition were more worried about his elbows...
  20. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +3,894 /65
    Maybe she got the GF mixed up with the Props Pentathlon

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