Broncos captain struggling with continual back spasms

Sam Thaiday

He is a man that bleeds Broncos colours, but is carrying an injury that can be rather painful – with Broncos coach Anthony Griffin revealing that captain and forward Sam Thaiday, requires continual treatment for back spasms, after he failed to complete the training session yesterday at Red Hill.

The spasms prevent Thaiday’s movement, as he was only able to participate in 15 minutes of the session – after he was not able to get up off the ground, resulting in one of the trainers giving him some treatment on his back.

Although Thaiday did return to the field to attempt to continue training, it was not to be – as he decided it was best not to push it any further, as a precautionary method for the club’s upcoming clash with the New Zealand Warriors.

Whilst the injury is not serious, Griffin says that it is one that Thaiday has been battling with since the start of the season.

“He’s got some back spasms he’s been nursing,” Griffin said.

“It’s a bit tight so we’ve sent him into the physio and left him there for the afternoon.

“It’s not a new thing, it’s not an issue about whether he will play or not, it’s more a maintenance thing.

“He’s fine. It pops up every now and then, it’s something that’s in his make-up at the moment, he gets really tight at the back of the rib cage, you would have seen the physio massaging him.

“He came back out and started running again and felt it again so we told him to have a spell. He’s had problem with it most of the year, so we are just looking after him.”

If Thaiday is unable to recover from his injury – the return of suspended second-rower Ben Te’o to the starting line-up, will be welcomed.

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