Harlequins fullback Mike Brown has said that this was the “right time” to have his season-ending knee surgery, after he had tried to continue playing with it.
The 34-year-old initially sustained the injury during preseason training, but battled through the first few weeks of the season with it. However, he is now expected to be out for six to nine months following the surgery, which of course will end his season prematurely.
The 72-cap England international said in an Instagram post that it was “very tough to take and frustrating” that his season has already come to an end, but that it was necessary. He said: “I tried to continue as long as possible but it was the right time to get the op done and get the knee right so I can give the best of me.”
Despite the setback, Brown is remaining positive, saying: “I’m looking forward to the challenge of rehabbing my knee and getting back on the field to fly into next season, and I’ll continue to support my Quins team mates in any way I can this season to help try and get this great club back to competing for trophies.”
Although he is now in his mid-thirties, the Quins legend Brown has shown no signs of letting up, and is clearly intent on returning for the club that he has played over 300 games for next season.
The past week has been troubling for Harlequins with regards to injuries as hooker Scott Baldwin was also ruled out until the New Year with a neck injury sustained against ASM Clermont in the Champions Cup.
Meanwhile, after their shaky start to the season, Paul Gustard’s side secured a much-need win over Gloucester at the Stoop on Sunday, which moves them away from the foot of the Gallagher Premiership table.
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