SONIC MAKING GREAT PROGRESS IN RETURN FROM LEG BREAK
Sonia Green is targeting a return to first team action before the end of the season as she continues her comeback from a broken leg.
The 34 year old lock, known as Sonic, broke her right fibula away to Harlequins in October, potentially curtailing her 18th consecutive season playing for Saracens Women.
However, after two operations she is well on the road to recovery and making great progress with the help of the club’s medical team.
“I knew I’d broken my leg the second as I’d done it,” said Sonic last weekend. “I know my body well enough to know. What’s been great is how amazing the Sarries medical team has been – and continues to be – so within a week I had my first op which went really, really well.
“I was rehabbing excellently, but I went to see another surgeon to get a second opinion and in order to get back sooner, they took out a pin and swapped it for a tightrope. I’ve still got pins in there, but one of them was fixing the ligament I damaged and that’s the one we swapped.
“It sounds bad, the fact I had to have another op, but actually it means that the aim is now to be back before the end of the season, so it’s really positive.”
Saracens Women have five regular league games after Christmas, finishing on 30 March, and then hopefully the play-offs in April, so Sonic has been putting in some serious work to give herself a chance of contributing further to the team’s title defence.
“As I said, the medical team have been absolutely incredible,” she continued. “I’ve been doing physio two to three times a week and I’ve been in the gym pretty much every day doing loads of upper body stuff so I’m going to be super fit when I come back.
“I’ve got loads of range of movement back already in my foot and ankle, and I’ve been on the ski erg today and done 9km. I’ve also got myself a little skateboard so I can put my boot on it and do a rowing session.
“The strength and conditioning coaches have written me a new programme, so it’s all good.
“The boot is probably the last thing to go – at the moment it’s just there for protection. I’ve got two more weeks of non-weight bearing but I can get on the anti-gravity treadmill where the men train, and I can starting going in the pool now the stitches have healed.”
It’s not just in terms of fitness where Sonic is making progress.
“I had a proper shower today for the first time since I broke it which was amazing! I’ve been showering with my legs stuck out the side of the shower, so it was lovely to get in properly.
“And I repainted my toenails today – it’s all about little steps and ticking off little goals along the way!”
Saracens Women are next at home on Saturday 8thDecember against Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, kick-off 3.45pm.