Jamie Dwyer is the best player in the world and the Kookaburras will want him in good condition for the 2012 Olympics.
Jamie Dwyer is the best player in the world and the Kookaburras will want him in good condition for the 2012 Olympics. Raminder Pal Singh

Kookaburras nervous

AN injury to Rockhampton’s Jamie Dwyer, the world’s greatest hockey player, will have created a few nervous moments for the Kookaburras team management.

Dwyer plays his club hockey for Bloemendaal in Holland and during a recent club match against HGC was hit in the tackle by an opponent, sending Dwyer sprawling.

A Dutch website reports Dwyer as saying he knew he was in trouble as soon as it happened.

Back in Rockhampton his father Barry is optimistic the injury will not keep his son out of the game too long and perhaps spoil his chances of another medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

He said the knee is the same one he has injured in the past but the injury is totally different.

“Jamie has developed a couple of holes in the cartilage,” he said.

Scans taken by the medical team in Holland have been forwarded to the Australian Institute of Sport at Perth.

That is where Jamie is expected to be monitored and possibly begin some treatment in the near future.

“Hopefully it is a case of rest, rest, rest,” Barry said.

More will be known once the swelling is gone but if the experts decide rest is not the best option then Jamie could face surgery.

“Apparently they drill holes in it (cartilage) and if that doesn’t work they fill the holes but that could mean he doesn’t play for three or four months,” Barry said.

While such a lay-off would make Jamie marginal for the Kookaburras European tour later in the year, it almost certainly rules him out of the European Finals with his club side and the Dutch finals which Bloemendaal currently lead.

For Barry that is bad news as he had planned to travel to Europe for those club games and also watch his son-in-law Mark Knowles in action for his club team which has also made the finals.

Barry said more will be known when Jamie gets back to Perth later this week.

“It is all about the long term,” he said.

“It (the knee) is not the best now but the timing of the injury could have been worse.”

Hopefully it is a case of rest, rest, rest.



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