New Zealand winger Manu Vatuvei is “devastated” after it was it found that the suspected broken forearm he suffered in NZ’s win over England will need surgery, thus ending his Four Nations campaign for 2010.
New Zealand won the game 24-10 against England at Westpac Stadium, but their win came at a cost when after just three minutes, Manu was in some pain, and unable to continue in the match.
The Kiwis, who are now sporting a 22-man squad rather than the usual 24, left Wellington this morning bound for Rotorua as they prepare for their next game against Papua New Guinea on Saturday.
X-rays confirmed the worst for Vatuvei as he suffered a displaced fracture of the radius in his right forearm, after he made contact with England centre Michael Shenton’s elbow when attempting a tackle.
Vatuvei won’t be travelling with the team to support them however, as he is flying back home to Auckland to have an operation on his injured arm.
Manu is obviously devastated about the injury ending his tournament, but he vows to put it all behind him.
“It’s disappointing I’m out of the campaign now but this is all part of rugby league. It wasn’t my day,” he said.
“I need an operation to have a rod inserted and I’ve been told I might have a cast on for six weeks.
“After that I should be able to start training again.
“I have to move on and leave it behind me now but I’m devastated that I have to leave my brothers like this.”