Pan­ther on his way back

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

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.

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