Rugby union player Craig Wilkes recovers from a horrific ankle injury.
Rugby union player Craig Wilkes recovers from a horrific ankle injury. Allan Reinikka

Craig re-lives horror ankle injury

ROCKHAMPTON'S Craig Wilkes re-lives the pain each time he looks at a photo of the horror ankle injury he suffered earlier this month.

But he still thinks the shot is pretty cool.

Craig, 28, suffered his second serious injury in his past four games during University's reserve grade game on Saturday, May 21.

He dislocated his ankle and fractured bones in the surrounding area in what he described as an innocuous tackle.

As soon as it happened he knew something was wrong.

“I could feel my foot sideways in my boot ... there was a lot of pain.

“It made a fair sound when it happened and I thought I'd broken my leg.

“It felt like an eternity waiting for an ambulance, but it was probably only a few minutes.”

Paramedics administered pain relief and Craig was taken to Rockhampton Hospital, where doctors put the ankle back in position.

Later that night doctors operated in a procedure which included inserting screws and a plate.

It's going to be a lengthy recovery period.

Craig will stay on crutches for six weeks and it will be a further six before one of the screws can be removed and then the rehabilitation process begun.

The accountant will return to work today after a week off but has no plans to return to the footy field.

“I had a year off from a broken ankle,” said Craig, who has played with University for about 12 years. “I'd only played three games back when this happened.”

He thanked his wife, Belinda, for her support.



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