Injury concerns remain for Flying Fijians
04 August, 2011
|Rehabilitation almost complete Gabirieli Lovobalavu (right) takes to boxing with strength and conditioing coach David Dwyer. |
Serious injury concerns remain for two players in the Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad with Sekonaia Kalou still suffering from a knee sprain ligament and winger Napolioni Nalaga recovering from a fractured finger.
Flying Fijians team manager Talemo Waqa says the pair’s injuries are being closely monitored,
“ The two players are currently undergoing continuous assessment via the Fiji Rugby Union’s (FRU) medical team and a call on their further involvement with the RWC squad will be based on medical diagnosis by the medical team,” Waqa said.
However there’s better news for other injury worries with Kini Murimurivalu and Ilikena Bolakoro both recovered from bruised shoulders received during the Pacific Nations Cup tournament, while Nicky Little is also recovering well from a bruised rib.
Meanwhile Gabirieli Lovobalavu, who suffered a hairline fracture on his fibula in Fiji’s first round PNC loss to Tonga, continues to show signs of improvement and is likely to begin full contact training sometime next week.
“We’re really pleased with the way Gabirieli has recovered and it’s testament to the work done by the player and our rehabilitation team that he’s been able to heal so well,” Waqa said.
Yesterday players rested and recuperated from what has been a strenuous few days on the training paddock by helping sponsors Tappoo model the latest in Nike training wear and FRU casual wear.
Meanwhile the Flying Fijians shifted training to the Nacocolevu Ground in Navosa today with Lawaqa Park closed for all use ahead of this Saturday’s impending BSP Farebrother-Sullivan clash between Nadroga and Naitasiri. View photos of the Flying Fijians RWC 2011 squad