Panther on his way back
JOSH Mansour burst into tears. Before he could even open his mouth his emotion got the better of him.
“I remember when I woke up I just broke down,” Mansour said. “The first people I saw were my wife and daughter. When I could see them with my own eyes ... words could not describe the relief that I had. “It gave me goose bumps.” More than seven hours earlier, Penrith Panther Mansour underwent an operation for what his surgeon described as the worst sporting injury he had seen. While trying to catch a high ball, Mansour suffered five fractures thanks to the knee of a flying Gold Coast Titan Anthony Don.
“I was on the ground clutching my face and I could feel a hole in my face,” Mansour said.
“I had no cheekbone. There was a big hole there. The physios wanted me to turn around but I didn’t want to show them because I was petrified of their reaction. The worst case scenario was losing my eye.”
That was on April 15. The swelling was so severe that it was two weeks before Mansour could be operated on.
He now has 18 screws and three plates in his face ... and said he hoped to resume training on this week.