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Gallen breaks silence after 'freak accident'

Sporting News Sporting News 13/09/2016

Paul Gallen © Provided by Sportal com au Paul Gallen Cronulla captain Paul Gallen admits he has no idea if he can recover from a back injury in time for the Sharks’ preliminary final clash against either Brisbane or North Queensland next Friday.

Gallen spoke publicly about the injury that forced him to watch Saturday’s epic win over Canberra from bed for the first time on Tuesday morning.

The veteran confirmed he is battling an inflamed disc in his lower back suffered during a routine training session last Tuesday.

He concedes he would have been no chance of playing if the Sharks were back in action this weekend but is holding out some hope of a miracle recovery in time for the grand-final qualifier.

“It’s not real good at the moment … I needed the week off,” Gallen told Sky Sports Radio.

“If we were playing this week I wouldn’t be right to play but with that extra week in hand who knows?

“They really don’t know, I’m ringing the doctors every day and they just can’t give me an answer.

“They said, ‘We’ve seen things like this settle down in a week, two weeks, three weeks, it just really depends on the individual and how I respond to treatment’.

“I’m as frustrated as anyone because I can’t get an answer myself and it’s just a day-to-day thing at the moment.

“As I said if I had to play this Friday or Saturday I’d be no chance but that extra week up my sleeve certainly helps and does make me feel a bit better and hopefully by next Tuesday or Wednesday I’m up moving around.”

Pressed on how he suffered the injury that left him bed ridden for six days, Gallen recalled: “It was just a freak accident. It was nothing but a routine day last Tuesday.

“We had an hour on the field and they let a few of the older boys off the field early to go and do some indoor cardio just to get us off our legs a bit, so I did 20 minutes of indoor cardio and some boxing and then came off and did weights in the afternoon.

“And just after the weights session I got really tight and the next morning I couldn’t get out of bed.

“I was like that for three or four days and it’s just come from absolutely nothing.

“I wish I was moving house or mowing the lawn or doing something different but it was just a routine day and just flared up one of my discs in my lower back and it’s just a matter of time now until it settles down and no one knows how long that’ll be.”

He added when asked what he can do to speed up his recovery: “I got out of bed for the first time yesterday for the first time and managed to go up to the pool do and couple of laps in the pool and a bit of walking, so I’ll do that again this morning.

“But as I said from last Tuesday night until yesterday I’ve barely been out of bed.”

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