Different Graft

Different Graft

  • Michael McIlorum has off-season bone graft

  • Surgery required on old arm injury that failed to heal

  • McIlorum admits he was determined not to miss 2015 run-in

Wigan’s Michael McIlorum has revealed he has done some alternative ‘graft’ during the pre-season.

Whilst the Wigan team are being put through their paces, the England International Hooker has been working to a different routine after having a bone graft on his arm.

The operation was required on a previous broken arm that hadn’t healed properly.

The Wigan number nine, known for his toughness, missed the 2014 Grand Final through injury but admitted he was determined not to miss the showpiece event in 2015.

“Where the fracture was on the other side of the plate, it hadn’t healed properly,” he said.

“To miss out (in 2014) was devastating and there was no way I was missing it again.

“The Doc said that, because the plate was there supporting it, I couldn’t make it worse - he just said I’d have to get the bone graft after to sort it out.”

McIlorum admitted the injury all but made the decision for him and the England coaching staff ahead of the Test Series with the Kiwis.

“Chris Brookes (Club Doctor) told me I couldn’t play on, because I wanted to get my arm done. He said I could play in the play-off games and the Grand Final. But I had a word with Steve McNamara (England Coach) and it was best for me to have it (the operation).”

McIlorum, who had bone moved from his hip to his arm, is now well the road to full recovery and expects to be back out with the team for the start of the Super League campaign in February 2016.

“I’ve still got to wait for a scan in a couple of weeks to make sure 100 per cent.

“I’ve started back weights and running again. It feels 100 per cent better – I should be good (for the start of the season), the Physios are doing a great job and it looks like it’s healing well.”

The Wigan squad headed up to North Yorkshire yesterday for an intense three-day Army camp.

“I’ve done quite a few,” he said. “I know what to expect. It’s a tough few days. They are hardest of the year, however tough training is, the sessions only last a couple of hours.

“These last a couple of days and they disrupt your sleep, it’s cold, it’s wet, and you’ve got to run up a hill… it’s the longevity of it.”

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