Clock ticking for Reynolds’ return


Dave Riccio and Phil “Buzz” Rothfield discuss the latest NRL news.

Adam Reynolds is trying to make an early comeback for the Rabbitohs. Picture: Phil Hillyard

SOUTH Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds is racing the clock to recover from a bout of appendicitis to take on Manly at Brookvale on Saturday.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire will give Reynolds until Friday afternoon to receive the all-clear.

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The premiership-winning half was expected to be sidelined for up to a month, but has resumed training in a bid to return well ahead of schedule.

Adam Reynolds is trying to make an early comeback for the Rabbitohs. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Adam Reynolds is trying to make an early comeback for the Rabbitohs. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

Maguire said Reynolds still required a medical clearance and a final decision on his fitness will be made after their captain’s run.

“If he can get through training and all the doctors and medical staff give him the complete check, there is no reason why he can’t play,” Maguire said.

“He has been through getting his appendicitis sorted out and he has got surgeons and doctors looking at him all time.

Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds is crucial to the team’s chances. Picture: Phil Hillyard

Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds is crucial to the team’s chances. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia

“We will make sure that they are very thorough in what they need to do and I’m sure they will be.

“If the decision is for him (Adam) to play, he’ll be 100 per cent right to go.

“We will go through the process of making sure that he talks to the right doctors and surgeons about whether he can play.

“But it’s obviously great to have him running around at training.”

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Souths skipper Greg Inglis has undergone a successful surgery on his torn ACL.

Inglis will be sidelined for up to six months, but Maguire expects the champion fullback to still play a crucial role around the club.

“Greg will now become a part of the staff and he is going to be able to mentor a lot of players right through our club,” he said.

“I’ll have to talk to the medical staff and surgeons around that (a return date) and that information will be fed through to me.

“But traditionally it’s normally a six-month period.”

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Maguire also confirmed the Rabbitohs have looked at how they handled the Inglis injury in a bid to prevent a repeat in the future.

“We went through a thorough review with everyone involved and now it’s about making sure we get those things right moving forward,” he said.

“There was a lot of thought and input from all staff through the process.

“They (the medical staff) were pretty thorough in how they looked at Greg’s knee and made a call at the time.

“They thought that was the right call and as we all saw, it probably wasn’t.”

Originally published as Clock ticking for Reynolds’ return