Chiefs back and one-cap All Black Charlie Ngatai once again faces uncertainty due to the reoccurrence of his headaches following his long-awaited return to Super Rugby.
Having sat out for a year due to the lingering effects of concussion, the 26-year-old finally returned for the Chiefs’ clash with Reds in New Plymouth on May 6 and following a strong performance, optimism was high that the dynamic back could finally shake off the issues of the past year.
Unfortunately, it was reported that Ngatai’s headaches had returned following training, forcing him to sit out for the game with the Crusaders in Fiji last week.
Now, as he battles to return once more, Stuff are reporting that on the advice of the specialist that originally dealt with his symptoms last year, Ngatai is set to miss the next Super Rugby tie with the Hurricanes on June 9th.
According to Chiefs boss Dave Rennie, things aren’t as bad as they appear for the All Black, however,
“He’s good, the head feels good, he’s been training fully, so again we’re going to be cautious and take the advice of the expert.”
It is certainly reassuring to hear that Ngatai is training and that the Chiefs are adopting a cautious approach to his return. Having already lost the last year of his career to injury, fans will be hoping that his patience will be rewarded with a return to action sooner rather than later.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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