Rovers ace re­cu­per­at­ing af­ter leg surgery

Rovers ace re­cu­per­at­ing af­ter leg surgery in Mel­bourne

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Front Page - BY CAM POT­TER

REIGN­ING Bob Rose medal­list Dy­lan Stone’s re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion has now started but the Wan­garatta Rovers’ mid­fielder isn’t putting a date on his re­turn.

Stone’s left leg un­der­went femoral os­teotomy surgery, with the three hour pro­ce­dure cor­rect­ing a growth is­sue from the lat­eral side of his knee which had caused a bow in the leg.

The lightly built but quick mid­fielder en­joyed a break­out year for the Hawks with his speed and will to cre­ate for his team­mates see­ing Stone awarded the top gong at the end of the sea­son.

A hol­i­day in Bali two weeks ago al­lowed the 21-year-old to en­joy him­self one last time be­fore the gru­elling process of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Stone was still at Ep­worth Hos­pi­tal in Mel­bourne when he spoke to the Wan­garatta Chron­i­cle yes­ter­day.

“Surgery went well, but I can’t wait to get out of here; I hate hos­pi­tals,” Stone said.

“I have eight weeks off work and I will start weight bear­ing on the leg next week.

“Every­one’s body heals dif­fer­ently so I’m not en­tirely sure when I will start run­ning, but I ex­pect some­time around the seven or eight week mark.”

Stone said Mon­day’s surgery was two years in the mak­ing.

“It grad­u­ally got worse and worse with the pres­sure from the lat­eral side push­ing in­wards on the leg,” he said.

“I had to get it done as soon as pos­si­ble for my fu­ture and had planned to get it done two years ago but I had to wait un­til my growth plates were shut.”

While Stone has ef­fec­tively wiped off the first half of the sea­son, he said a round nine re­turn next year would be great.

Round nine in 2018 will be on Sun­day, June 10, the Hawks’ first game of the sea­son against Wan­garatta Mag­pies.

“There is no di­rect plan to re­turn at any cer­tain date, but around mid sea­son would be great,” Stone said.

“The derby game in round nine could pos­si­bly be my re­turn.”

Hawks co-coach Sam Carpenter said Stone’s im­pact on games would be tough to re­place.

“Dy­lan’s abil­ity to take the footy away from the stop­pages, break the lines and set us up is some­thing we will miss the most,” Carpenter said.

“His abil­ity to find the footy over 30 times in a game leaves a hole that some­one will need to step up into.

“We have re­cruited well for the mid­field and we have a num­ber of other play­ers hun­gry to go through the mid­dle.

“We will sup­port Dy­lan as best we can and we won’t be rush­ing him back; but we are con­fi­dent he will be back to his best in the sec­ond half of the sea­son.”

RE­COV­ERY: Dy­lan Stone has had a femoral os­teotomy to re­pair his left leg.

cpot­ter@ ne­me­dia.com.au

I’LL BE BACK: Dy­lan Stone in his hos­pi­tal bed post surgery.

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