Race against time
Friday, 5th August, 2011
North will sweat on the fitness of key utility Jarrad Ruddock as it gears up for an assault on the 2011 flag.
Ruddock suffered a broken leg in his team’s clash with West two weeks ago after landing awkwardly in a tackle from Robin John Blore.
“I just sort of got tackled and he twisted me and fell across my leg and it had nowhere to go,” he said.
“I heard a bit of a crack and there was a bit of a burning, throbbing pain.
“I jogged off to see if it was ok but there was just (no strength) there, so I walked off then went to hospital.”
Scans showed a crack in Ruddock’s fibula, leaving the 23 year old sidelined with his leg in a cast.
He will have to spend another two weeks with his leg in the cast, before undertaking physiotherapy in an attempt to recover for the finals.
“It didn’t break right through, which is good,” he said.
“I’ll just do the physio and see how it comes along, it should be right.
“If it heals well and the physio goes alright I should be right for finals.”
However his father and coach, David Ruddock, was taking a more cautious approach to the youngster’s injury.
“It was just bad luck, it’s one of those football accidents,” said David.
“He’s very important to us, he adds to our midfield rotations and makes us stronger up forward.
“But I want everyone to be 100%, it will be touch and go.”