Promising HSBC Waratahs flanker David Dennis has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2008 Super 14 season after suffering another knee injury today.
It’s Dennis’s third major knee injury in 14 months after suffering a medial ligament strain during the 2007 pre-season, then rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee playing for the Melbourne Rebels in the Mazda Australian Rugby Championship last September.
The NSWRU Media Unit reports that Dennis, who debuted for the Waratahs against the Crusaders in 2007, was returning to his first full session with the squad this morning when he ruptured the ACL in his right knee, which will again require surgery.
“To have the same injury happen twice in the space of six months on both knees is just a tragedy for Dave,” said HSBC Waratahs Head Coach Ewen McKenzie.
“He’s been working as hard as anyone to get back from injury and for this to happen to him as soon as he got back on the paddock is a pretty bitter pill to swallow.”
McKenzie also said outside back Timana Tahu was only an outside chance of recovering in time for the clash with the Crusaders this Friday in Christchurch.
Tahu strained his hamstring prior to the Brumbies match and was forced to withdraw late in the week, with McKenzie not willing to push the injury before it has fully recovered.
“We’ll keep an eye on him and give him every chance to fly out with the team on Thursday, but you don’t take risks with hamstring injuries and we certainly won’t be doing that with Timana,” said McKenzie.
McKenzie will announce the side to take on the Crusaders on Wednesday.Tweet