Posted: 18 September, 2016
Austin Admits He Came Back Too Soon From Hand Injury
"That's just my body this year, unfortunately"
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As Blake Austin hobbled around the field on Saturday night, the Raiders crowd faced an anxious wait to see if he'd be able to play out the game.
After rushing back from a serious hand injury, Austin rolled his ankle in the first half of the game, and after already playing with a hand full of two plates and 16 screws, it certainly wasn't ideal.
"That's my body this year, unfortunately," Austin said, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
"If it had have been round three or four, I would have waited another couple of weeks.
"I wasn't going to miss another game at GIO Stadium with that crowd. I'm pleased it held up well."
Austin is confident that the ankle injury won't keep him from playing in the preliminary final against Melbourne next weekend.
"The hand is pretty sturdy with the plates in there. The local anaesthetic numbs it and allows you to do plenty with it. I was really nervous coming in, a different sort of nerves.
"With the ankle – [it was a] slight tweak. Not too many teams are 100 per cent this time of year. I'll take a leaf out of Hodgo's [hooker Josh Hodgson] book with the way he looked after his ankle and look after mine."