Super Rugby: Second knee reconstruction ends David Pocock's season
Last Updated: 05/03/14 2:24pm
David Pocock: Will play no further part this season due to a recurring knee injury
A second knee reconstruction in twelve months has cut Brumbies flanker David Pocock's Super Rugby season cruelly short.
The Wallabies flanker returned to competitive rugby with the Brumbies, featuring in their two opening Super Rugby clashes with the Reds and the Western Force.
However, the 25-year-old had an arthroscope on Wednesday, with surgeon Peter Myers opting for immediate reconstructive surgery, such was the extent of the damage.
Despite Brumbies medical staff believing it was a minor injury, the flanker faces a nine-month lay-off, just weeks after returning from tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
"Having worked so hard to get himself back to peak physical condition over the last 12 months it's impossible not to feel for David," Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said in a club statement.
"Only yesterday he was speaking about how much enjoyment he'd been getting out of his rugby this year so to have him sitting out the rest of our campaign is bitterly disappointing."
"Only yesterday he was speaking about how much enjoyment he'd been getting out of his rugby this year so to have him sitting out the rest of our campaign is bitterly disappointing for him and the rest of the team.
"What we must remember is that David is still young and will have more opportunities to play professional rugby in the future. Guys like Ben Mowen and Christian Leali'ifano are living proof that you can make a successful comeback from a recurring injury and I'd expect to see David bounce back in the same way.
"Professionally, David has had a big impact on the way the Brumbies have prepared and approached the 2014 Super Rugby season and I'd like to see him continue to contribute to the way the team carries itself both on and off the field."
The Canberra Times reports that medical staff are confident Pocock will be able to get his career back on track next year.