Scott fac­ing surgery

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

QUEENS­LAND f ront- rower Matt Scott will use Cowboys team­mate and NSW ri­val James Tamou as in­spi­ra­tion to con­quer a neck in­jury that is caus­ing pain down his arm.

Scott said he would al­most cer­tainly need surgery at the end of the sea­son af­ter hav­ing a cor­ti­sone in­jec­tion for the disc prob­lem that has been ex­ag­ger­ated due to the rise of wrestling in NRL in the past decade.

Tamou un­der­went ca­reer­sav­ing surgery in the pre- sea­son and af­ter some ten­ta­tive weeks he re­turned to stun­ning form for North Queens­land to be­come the form front- rower of the NRL and re­claim his Test jersey.

Scott, who has car­ried the neck is­sue for a few sea­sons, said he would play out the sea­son in pain be­fore try­ing to get the prob­lem cor­rected.

“Pretty much the same type of surgery, if I get it done, as big Jimmy ( Tamou) had,” Scott said.

“It’s the rugby league play­ers’ curse.

“Def­i­nitely see­ing how good that type of op­er­a­tion was good for Jimmy and how well he’s come back gives me a bit of con­fi­dence.’’

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