Super 14
Mortlock dismisses fears for career
May 11, 2010
Brumbies centre Stirling Mortlock, Force v Brumbies, Super 14, ME Stadium, February 12, 2010
Stirling Mortlock has dismissed fears for his career © Getty Images

Stirling Mortlock has dismissed fears for his career after further complications with a bulging disc.

The former Australia skipper will trade the Brumbies for the Melbourne Rebels at the end of the season but has been out of action for the majority of his final Super 14 campaign in Canberra. He was forced to miss their final home game of the season last weekend and with only one round remaining it seems that his next Super Rugby outing will be as a Rebel.

"I initially did the disc bulge injury seven or eight years ago but I've been able to manage it pretty well ever since," Mortlock told The Australian. "Every now and then it would flare up but now it's got to the stage where it's chronic.

"I actually thought I was on top of it the last three or four weeks. I'd feel great at training but then I'd pull up sore. But on Sunday night I was in extreme pain, so much so that I had to go to hospital at about 3 a.m to get a morphine shot. It took about five hours to get on top of it."

Despite the severity of the situation, Mortlock is confident that the worst case scenario would be surgery to correct the problem and a two to three month lay-off.

"No, I don't think that's the case," Mortlock said when asked if his injury was career threatening. "The worst-case scenario is that I have to have an operation that would put me out for two to three months. I'm very confident that I'll be back at some stage. Hopefully that's the worst-case scenario. And when I am back, hopefully I'll be fully over these issues that have been plaguing me for a fair time."


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