Milner-Skudder surgery done

first_imgThe Hurricanes wing, who dislocated his right shoulder in the first half of the All Blacks’ 25-24 win over the Springboks in Cape Town earlier this month, has started his road to recovery after an operation this week.Milner-Skudder had his labrum, rotator cuff, supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles and his bicep tendon repaired during the surgery.The 26-year-old turned to Facebook to update fans on his recovery.”Rehab/ recovery should be around 6-7 months, however first stage is a couple weeks’ rest while the wounds heal and then go from there,” he wrote online.”I have learnt from past injuries to not worry about what is out of my control, take it one step at a time and focus on the “here&now”. Combine those with a relentless drive to come back stronger and I know I’ve got this.”Milner-Skudder is no stranger to the recovery process. After breaking out for the All Blacks at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a season which earned him World Rugby’s breakthrough player of the year award, Milner-Skudder spent most of the 2016 season sidelined with a similar operation on his left shoulder which he dislocated while playing for the Hurricanes.He returned to the field this season only to pick up a foot injury which meant another lengthy stint on the sidelines. He missed the All Blacks squad to play the British and Irish Lions, turning out for the Hurricanes and New Zealand Maori against the tourists instead.Milner-Skudder was then recalled to the All Blacks for the Rugby Championship, but missed out on the first couple of tests and was released to play for Manawatū in provincial rugby.He got a call-up to the starting side to face Argentina in New Plymouth and impressed enough to warrant starts in the two tests against South Africa.Milner-Skudder has 11 tests to his name and has scored 11 tries.He is contracted to New Zealand Rugby and the Hurricanes until 2019.last_img

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