Moga braces for surgery to both knees

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

SHATTERED: Tautau Moga shows the pain after tearing his ACL scoring against the Dragons.TAUTAU Moga’s powers of recovery will again be tested bysurgery to not just one, but both of his knees.

Moga has not played sincerupturing theanterior-cruciate ligament in his left knee while scoring a try against St George Illawarra on April 1.

He is facing a full reconstruction, which will sideline him for the rest of this season.

The luckless 24-year-old has already fought back three times from reconstructive surgery on his right knee, which is again in need of repairs. Despite a report on Thursday that Moga was facing two simultaneous reconstructions, which would be unprecedented, Knights head of football Darren Mooney that was “definitely not the case”, and the surgery on his right knee was comparatively minor.

Moga, who is in the first season of a three-year deal, arrived at the Knights after a shoulder reconstruction at the end of 2017.

At 194 centimetres and 109 kilograms, the Samoan international is one of the biggest outside backs in the NRL and he was compared to a young Israel Folau when he first burst onto the scene as an 18-year-old at Sydney Roosters in 2012. But he has since endured a series of heart-breaking setbacks.

After missing the Roosters’ entire 2013 campaign, he joined North Queenslandbut managed only 18 games in three seasons.

It was hoped his luck had changed last year when he was thrown a lifeline by Brisbane, for whom he played in every one of their 27 games, scoring a career-best 10 tries. That earned him a invitation to join the Emerging Maroons’ training camp in January.

He was just starting to find form and fitness with Newcastle before his fateful stumble against the Dragons at WIN Stadium three weeks ago.

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