Elsom in no rush to return
April 7, 2011
Rocky Elsom has been sidelined all year with a hamstring injury © Getty Images
Wallabies captain Rocky Elsom could still be two months away from a return from injury but he insists he is happy to bide his time on his way back to full fitness.
The Brumbies have struggled without Elsom in their pack and the flanker's ongoing absence is beginning to raise concerns over his ability to prove his form and fitness in Super Rugby before the international season commences.
With a World Cup on the horizon, one would think Elsom would be desperate to get on the pitch for the first time since suffering a chronic hamstring injury last year but he is comfortable with his rehabilitation progress, which could see him return in late May or early June.
"[I'll be back to full fitness] in between one and two months, it sounds like a long time but I'm actually pretty happy with that," he told Yahoo!7. "I'm not worried, I'm confident that my leg is getting better and once it is better I'll be able to dive back in. But you can never be sure of anything so there's no point worrying about things you can't do anything about.
"It's very easy for me to focus just on what I'm doing now, there's only really two types of days. Days where I run and days where I don't. So it's very easy to try and get the most out of it and progress because obviously I want to be back playing first and then obviously the World Cup is a fair way away."
The Brumbies are unlikely to feature in a finals campaign that would give Elsom extra opportunities to play before the Wallabies' schedule gets underway, having earned just one win from their six games. A typically low-key Elsom said the only answer to the team's woes was for the players to work hard in training.
"The guys haven't been over the moon this season, there's obvious reasons for that but I think [they've] really been putting their head down as far as training goes and really getting stuck in with the things they need to work on," Elsom said. "In some games it's been excruciating that they haven't been able to get a win out of it but by the same token it means they have things to work on so I think the guys have been focused on that."
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