The Brumbies remain optimistic that champion Wallabies flanker David Pocock won’t face another lengthy stint on the sidelines.
It’s not the end of the world, yet.
That’s the main message coming out of the Brumbies camp, who will discover the extent of champion Wallabies flanker David Pocock’s knee injury on Tuesday night.
Pocock reinjured his left knee in the Brumbies’ Super Rugby win over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday, ruling him out of Friday’s important round-three match against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
It’s the same knee he had reconstruction surgery on early last year after rupturing his ACL in the round-three clash with the NSW Waratahs.
Pocock will have further scans on Tuesday, with his Brisbane surgeon Peter Myers to go over the results, however he remained positive he wouldn’t spend the majority of a second consecutive season on the sidelines.
“Off to surgeon to hopefully get the all-clear on this knee. Can’t remember enjoying my rugby so much, really hope the news is good!” Pocock tweeted before leaving Canberra on Tuesday.
Brumbies teammates rallied behind the 45-Test flanker, with Wallabies prop Ben Alexander optimistic the side would get their star breakdown workhorse back in just a few weeks.
“As much as it’s a blow and Dave’s a great player and we all feel for him, it’s not the end of the world yet,” said Alexander.
“He’ll be back in a couple of weeks hopefully. We don’t know, but we’ve just got to get on with it.”
Halfback Nic White shared a similar sentiment, saying even though the loss of Pocock was a big blow, there was plenty of depth at the Brumbies to wear the No.7 jersey – including Lachlan McCaffrey, Jordan Smiler and current No.8 Jarrad Butler.
“Poey’s a good guy to have in the team, but it’s a real team effort,” he said.
“We wish guys like that all the best with their scans, and you don’t like seeing anyone injured, but we’ll move on and we’ve got good guys who can cover him.
“Through someone’s injury it gives another an opportunity.”
Pocock is the second Brumbies vice-captain and back-rower to injure his knee in recent weeks, with power forward Fotu Auelua out for the first 10 weeks of the season after tearing his medial ligament in a pre-season trial.