Rovers ace recuperating after leg surgery
Rovers ace recuperating after leg surgery in Melbourne
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.
I’LL BE BACK: Dylan Stone in his hospital bed post surgery.