It is always tough seeing players continually forced to miss footy because of injuries, but one injury that you would not expect to see in a footballer, is Deep Vein Thrombosis.
That is the very injury that Knights five-eighth Ryan Stig has however, diagnosed with DVT in his right eye earlier this week, an injury that will keep him out of the Knights side indefinitely.
Stig, who was playing for the Knights NSW Cup team, is set to undergo injections on a monthly basis, in the hope that the clot in his eye will heal.
â€œThe injections will hopefully settle the clot down, it does not cure it and there isnâ€™t anything else I can do but take it easy and hope that it sorts itself out,â€ the 22-year-old said.
â€œIt could heal in a week or six weeks or take even longer at this stage, I donâ€™t know, but it is not something I can muck around with and while I am disappointed there are people much worse off than me and I just need to get on with it.â€
Stig has had some hard luck with injuries, particularly this year, but he is optimistic about making a return in the future.
â€œI have worked really hard to get my body back to suitable point where I was pretty happy with it and for this to happen it is obviously disappointing, but there are worse off people out there, and hopefully I will be fresh when I come back,â€ Stig said.
â€œIâ€™m confident it will heal up, whether it is this year or pre-season next hopefully I will be fresh and ready to go.â€
Despite the injury, it is the support from the club and the players, that pleases Stig the most.
â€œIt is a good club, everyone will be here to support me I have friends and family in Newcastle they will all support me and I am sure I will come out the other side,â€ he said.