Cory Jane targets November tour
February 8, 2013
Cory Jane hopes to feature on the All Blacks' end-of-season tour, but he won't return from his serious knee injury until he is 100%.
Jane ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session with the Hurricanes, but he has delayed surgery because of swelling in the joint.
"I've got to get the swelling down, and it's going down quite a bit," Jane said.
"I won't know until he says: 'Yeah I want to cut your leg open now and this is normally the time from then.' I won't know the details until then. But I'm hoping I play a little bit of rugby this year ... if all goes well."
Jane sustained the injury during a light drill, when he went to step; his right leg slipped and he was then "tapped from the other side" by one of his team-mates and folded over.
"It felt like my knee was hanging outside of my leg," Jane said. "But it wasn't. I managed to go off and go inside. But I picked myself that it was bad. I got the news the next day what I'd done. Whilst I was a bit gutted, I'd prepared myself for it so I knew how to handle it. Now I've just got to do the right things and get back on the field."
Jane, who has not previously undergone a surgery, has taken the injury in stride.
"I'm not getting depressed about it. It is what it is. It's part of the game. You get injuries and you've just got to deal with it. You've just got to be smart on how you do it (the recovery) after the surgery.
"If you rush back you could take a while and you could do it again. I'll take my time. I've talked to the Hurricanes coaches and the All Blacks coaches, and they said 'take your time and get it right'. There is no pressure on that side. I'll do that and I'll come back ready to go again when it's 100%."
Jane said he would be around the team as much as possible during his recovery to help the outside backs, including Julian Savea and Andre Taylor.
"There are young guys in the outside backs so if I can come in and teach them a few things or keep sharing my knowledge on what I see in games - because I'll be watching a fair bit of it - I'll do that."
He can also expect to be kept busy at home, as he and wife Amie are expecting their fourth child in a few weeks.
"That will take my mind off the rugby side of things. The house is full on. I'm trying to rest but feel bad for her because she's knackered. It's a bit hectic at the moment."
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