One of the country’s top sports medicos expects Jack Bird to be sidelined for up to two months after he played on with excruciating pain in the NRL grand final with severely ruptured elbow ligaments.
Nathan Gibbs, the long-serving former Sydney Swans doctor who also worked with Bird in the NSW Origin team this year, was hardly surprised Bird refused to come from the field during Cronulla’s victory.
Scans on Tuesday confirmed the Sharks centre had severely ruptured ligaments.
Gibbs said the elbow was only meant to hyper-extended no further than five degrees, but Bird’s right elbow appeared to hyper-extend as much as a staggering 40 degrees.
The injury all but cost Bird his first Kangaroos jumper — but earned him the ultimate respect from teammates and fans.