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O’Hara undergoes Achilles surgery

Prop forward Ryan O’Hara may miss the start of the new Super League campaign having had surgery to cure an Achilles problem.

The former Crusaders’ man struggled with the injury towards the close of last season and it was hoped that rest and recuperation during the winter months would rectify the issue.

However, that hasn’t been the case and Craig Sandercock admitted that having surgery now was the best option for the 32-year-old.

“Ryan had a bit of a foot problem at the end of last season,” the Robins’ Head Coach said. “The specialist seemed to think that a bit of rest and recovery would bring it back to normal. But that’s not the case and he was in severe pain with it and the best option was to have surgery.

“He’ll be in a boot for four weeks and after that he’ll start running so we are racing against time for him to be fit for round one. The problem is up around the Achilles area and there was a bursa problem as well and you have to be very careful with those things.

"If he had kept playing or training it could have gone so it’s why we decided he should have surgery. The surgeon was happy with how things went and he’s convinced that after four weeks in the boot Ryan will be ready to go.”

Photo: O’Hara undergoes Achilles surgery