Managing his body is becoming a priority for Boyd. Photo: Annette Dew
Managing his body is becoming a priority for Boyd. Photo: Annette Dew

Hammy tweak puts Boyd on back foot

DARIUS Boyd's troublesome hamstring has flared again with the Broncos captain struck down a month out from pre-season trials.

Boyd suffered a "tweak" at training on Monday in the left hamstring which hampered his NRL finals campaign last season.

The injury was not an aggravation of the serious tendon tear which ruled him out of the World Cup.

But it is another sign the Test and Origin star is facing a battle to manage his hamstring issues in the back end of his career.

Broncos high performance manager Jeremy Hickmans confirmed Boyd had been placed on a restricted training program.

"He had a little tweak which will slow him down a little bit," he said.

"It's nothing too sinister. He will probably be out of skills for a couple of weeks to build it back up again.

"It's a completely different spot to his other problem. It is related but not completely related.

"It was a decent injury the first one. He did a bit of damage to his tendon. He's been going really well so it's a little bit annoying.

"These things happen a little bit in pre-season. Hopefully we can get him back up and ready to go."

Boyd's hamstring woes relate to the Achilles injury he suffered in December 2014.

He suffered the tendon injury in Brisbane's last round match against the Cowboys last year and missed the next two finals, returning in the heavy preliminary final defeat to Melbourne where he looked inconvenienced by the issue.

Injury forced Boyd to the sidelines during last year’s finals. Photo: Adam Head
Injury forced Boyd to the sidelines during last year’s finals. Photo: Adam Head

The 30-year-old fullback signed a four-year contract extension after the 2017 season which will keep him at the Broncos until 2021.

During last year's finals, Boyd admitted he would have to manage the problem for the remainder of his career.

"I must be smarter about my final seasons," he said.

"Missing training sessions has never sat well with me but I need to pay more attention to my body, have days off my legs and preserve myself."

The Broncos have been in a pre-season camp on the Sunshine Coast since Tuesday.

Boyd has been restricted in training sessions and is no certainty to feature in Brisbane's trial matches against the Titans (February 17) and PNG Hunters (February 24).

But Hickmans said he expected the 267-game NRL veteran to be available for Brisbane's Round 1 clash against former club St George-Illawarra on March 8.

"He is still training, he just can't do the full-on skills at the moment," he said. "It's something we've all got to be a bit aware of.

"Unfortunately it's a bit of a learning curve for all of us. He's gone from being able to doing everything to now we've got to modify his training and prioritise a bit more.

"It's always difficult when you find out what he can't do but it's good to do it now rather than in season. We can work out what his load will be and deal with it best.

"He should be fine (for Round 1) - we are still about eight weeks away from the first game so there is plenty of time."

Back-up playmaker Troy Dargan also suffered a hamstring injury on Monday, however his is more severe and will see him miss up to a month of training.



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