Ryan Papenhuizen news: Return date, injury update, Melbourne Storm defender’s next NRL club

Ryan Papenhuizen news: Return date, injury update, Melbourne Storm defender’s next NRL club

Just weeks after returning to the NRL, Melbourne Storm star Ryan Papenhuizen has suffered another serious injury.

The fullback suffered a serious leg injury in September’s final loss to the Brisbane Broncos and is set to recover.
Ryan Papenhuizen injury: What happened to the Melbourne Storm defender?

In the closing stages of Melbourne’s loss to Brisbane, Papenhuizen tried to keep Tom Flegler close to the line but ended up being piled on the turf.
Teammate Nelson Asofa-Solomona also made contact and fell awkwardly at the 25-year-old’s feet, leaving him screaming in pain as play was stopped.

“I’m not fit to fight, that scenario is a sprained ankle, a torn fibula, a torn deltoid, a torn syndesmosis,” Papenhuizen said on the “Clubhouse Podcast,” which also features Jarome Hughes and Cameron Munster.
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There were initially concerns that Papenhuizen had suffered a serious ankle fracture.

But he explained that the medical staff attending to him were initially misled that the blood on his socks was wrong.
“[The bone] actually stays in the skin,” Papenhuizen said.

But the doctors said they were a little worried because his socks were bleeding. I think it must have come from previous fights.” “So when they came out, I think everybody thought, ‘Oh, it’s over.’

“It embarrasses me when I’m lying on the floor and hearing people around me.”

The star defender was previously out of action for 14 months after fracturing his patella in a 2022 win over the Raiders, but returned to Division 1 action in the Queensland Cup ahead of this year’s grand final.
Ryan Papenhuizen update: Expected return date from NRL injury.

Melbourne director of football Frank Ponissi predicted Papenhuizen would be ready for club training in early 2024.

However, no exact timeline has been shared for the return to the NRL fields.
“His operation went well this morning and at this stage we expect him to return to training in the new year, but for now we are focused on making sure he gets the right treatment,” Fornisi said in a statement in September.

He continued: “It’s unfortunate that Ryan suffered a knee injury last year and is struggling again after playing for a long time.
“He has worked extremely hard to return to the NRL during this period and has left no stone unturned in his recovery.

“We know he is a top professional on and off the pitch and this is another challenge he will take on.”

Now facing the difficult task of going through another rehabilitation process ahead of next season, Papenhuizen admits it has taken a toll on him mentally and physically.
“I think I was a bit shocked,” he said on The Clubhouse podcast.

“I still need rehab…
I just have to get on with it so I can start driving again.” It’s ugly and I’m still coming to terms with it.

“I’m usually a very positive person, but now I’m depressed and feeling sorry for myself.
I’m sure I can figure it out.

Ryan Papenhuizen Rumours: Will defender leave Melbourne Storm?
The Sydney Morning Herald reported that a third party had approached the undisclosed NRL club about Papenhuizen’s services.

Melbourne sporting director Ponish has denied the popular defender is on the brink of retirement.
Papenhuizen is currently under contract with the Storm until the end of the 2025 season.

However, his future will be highly debated due to injury concerns and strong performances from substitute Nick Meaney.
The emergence of youngster Su\’a Fa\’alogo presents a potential selection dilemma for Craig Bellamy when it comes to the No.1 shirt.

 

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