DRILLING one of your bones in order to remedy an injury might not sound an appealing prospect, but it’s worked wonders for Newcastle Falcons full-back Jeremy Manning.
Even though the Falcons didn’t have the best of seasons, Manning’s performances showed more than enough chinks of light to suggest that the future may be brighter for the long-suffering Kingston Park faithful.
However, the previous campaign had an unwelcome recurring theme – injuries. Falcons players at various stages were dropping like flies, with the treatment room competing with the local casualty ward as to who had the most crocks.
Unfortunately for Manning, he was not immune from all of this as he sustained a hip injury in the match against Harlequins back in March.
A month later, the Kiwi attempted to stoically soldier on but aggravated the injury against Leeds where the decision to put him under the surgeon’s knife was taken. And as Manning himself reveals, the process involved would have those of a nervous disposition fainting in their droves.
He said: “The surgeon used something called a micro-fracture technique which involved him drilling into the bone. The reason for this was to make it bleed in order for a new cartilage to be formed.
“I can appreciate how it sounds a bit gruesome on first hearing it and I admit it was a bit daunting.
“However, once the surgeon explained the full process involved and how beneficial this procedure would be, I was happy to go through with it.
“The operation took a bit longer than expected and it was only supposed to last less than 90 minutes but it ended up taking about four-and-a-half-hours.