Henson - I'm a liability

Wales ace admits injury 'nightmare' has triggered retirement thoughts

Last Updated: 02/04/09 12:47pm

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Henson: Cursed?

Henson: Cursed?

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Wales centre Gavin Henson admits he has accepted that his chances of making the Lions tour of South Africa are now all but over after his latest injury set-back.

Tune into Sky Sports News on April 21 to hear coach Ian McGeechan announce his Lions squad for the tour of South Africa.

"I can't believe my luck. I'm pretty down and depressed about it at the moment - maybe I'm cursed."
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Henson continues to be plagued by injuries - ankle ligament damage during Ospreys' EDF Energy Cup semi-final defeat to Gloucester on Saturday the latest in another season ravaged by fitness setbacks.

Ospreys physiotherapist Chris Towers confirmed that the 27-year-old is unlikely to play again until at least early May, and, with Lions coach Ian McGeechan set to announce his touring squad live on Sky Sports News on April 21, Henson admits time is against him.

After sustaining a catalogue of injuries throughout his career, the Bridgend-born back admits early retirment has crossed his mind: "Those thoughts run through my head," he admitted.

"When I get knocked out with an injury, it is soul-destroying. Is it worth it?"

Injury ruled Henson out of Wales' entire autumn Test schedule and he only started two of his nations' RBS Six Nations fixtures.

Tough

He added: "It is a complete nightmare again, I can't believe my luck. I'm pretty down and depressed about it at the moment - maybe I'm cursed.

"The injury will probably rule me out of the Lions tour, to be honest.

"It will be a pretty brave decision to take me now as I'm probably a bit of a liability with the way I am with my injures. This season is probably a miss now.

"It is another difficult year. I've had an up and down last four years with injuries, and I haven't been consistent at all - it has been tough.

"It is hard to come back every time I'm injured. Everyone sees the press I get every time I get injured, it is tough for me and my family.

"I still dream about good games, but they are few and far between.

"I have probably started about eight games this season, and the same last year and the year before that."

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