December 13 2013 Latest news:
By James Cunliffe
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Alex Goode hailed the Saracens physio team as he made a scoring return to the side, well ahead of schedule after shoulder reconstruction surgery.
The full-back wriggled over for his first score in 11 months as the Hendon side romped to a try bonus point by half time in a 31-17 win over Bath on Sunday.
That Goode was on the Allianz Park pitch at all is something of a medical marvel as he missed out on England’s summer tour to Argentina in order to fix a problem that could have kept him out for up to six months.
The lower end of the timescale for a return to action was some time in October, but the 25-year-old beat that assessment by a month.
“The medical people and the conditioners have been outstanding,” Goode said. “I’ve had Joe Collins, who has been the physio the whole way through.
“I’ve been in every day during the off-season and he’s been there every step of the way. Even for the surgery he was in the theatre.
“It’s been outstanding from him and the easy job was me just turning up and losing a few holidays so I could get back as quick as possible.
“To just miss two games has just been brilliant.
“The conditioners have also been brilliant in terms of getting me back playing a long way ahead of schedule.
“There are no worries, I worked really hard and had great physio treatment. If anything, I’m stronger, fitter and faster than I’ve been before so it was nice to get out there a grab a try.”
Goode still managed to get himself in the wars during a run out last Monday as Saracens Storm beat London Irish 59-14 in the A League.
That saw him make his first team return on Sunday, with a bandage around his head after hurting his ear, and he joked that it proved more a problem than any concerns about his shoulder.
“I’m a bit worried it could grow into a cauliflower ear,” he said, adding: “It’s a dangerous time at the moment but we’ll have to see.
“Luckily it was a distraction all week as my ear felt like it had been hanging off, so I didn’t notice the shoulder at all.
“I was a bit worried that I’d be a bad omen [after Sarries’ first two maximum haul victories] but luckily we got the bonus point and to get a try was fantastic.”