Bernard Foley had concerns that his career may be over during a “scary” struggle with concussion but the Australia fly-half is set to make his Waratahs comeback against Rebels on Friday.
Foley has missed the first five weeks of the Super Rugby season after taking a blow to the head in a trial match against Highlanders.
The playmaker has gone through the return to play protocols and was named in the starting line-up to take on Tony McGahan’s side at AAMI Park, but spoke of his doubts over whether he would be able to return.
“It is quite a scary injury because blokes can get knocks and not come back from it,” Foley said.
“They can be innocuous or they can be the prone knockout, no-one really knows about this injury. There is no deadline or guidelines to when you are going to be back. I stayed away from Googling it or even watching the movie Concussion.
“I think you have concerns with all that [not being able to return] but you just have to trust the process that you are doing everything in your powers to be right and put yourself in that best position.”
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Foley said even the most trivial things left him frustrated during his time on the sidelines.
He added: “Just little things that you think ‘that doesn’t normally annoy me, why is it today?’
“So you’d wake up every day thinking am I going to be right today?”
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