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Los Puma's prop Thomas Gallo facing lengthy spell on the sidelines

By Ian Cameron
Thomas Gallo /PA

Rising Argentina and Benetton prop Thomas Gallo is out for at least two months after injuring himself playing Connacht in the URC.

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“Benetton Rugby’s medical staff have released the following update on Thomas Gallo’s physical condition,” a statement reads. “In the last URC match held against Connacht, Gallo suffered a rupture of the external meniscus in his right knee. Therefore the player underwent arthroscopic surgery performed by Dr. Factors at the John XXIII Nursing Home.

“In the next few days, the player will begin his rehabilitation process.”

A tear of a meniscus can take as long a three months to recover from.

Returning to top level rugby following a meniscus rupture can be a challenging and lengthy process. The first step in the recovery process is typically surgery to repair or remove the damaged tissue. After surgery, a rehabilitation program will be put in place to help the athlete regain strength, flexibility, and mobility in the affected joint. This may include physical therapy, exercises to improve range of motion, and the use of assistive devices such as crutches or a knee brace.

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As the athlete progresses through the rehabilitation program, they may be able to gradually return to sport-specific training and practice. However, it is important to follow the guidance of medical professionals and not push oneself too hard too soon, as this can increase the risk of further injury or setback.

The length of time required to return to top level sport following a meniscus rupture will depend on the severity of the injury, as well as the athlete’s age, fitness level, and other individual factors. In general, it can take anywhere from several weeks to several months to fully recover and return to competition.

It’s a harsh blow for Gallo, who has been in excellent form for both Benetton and at Test level for Argentina.

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