Apollo Bay football coach will play despite knee injury

APOLLO BAY football coach Tyson Holt says he could still play this season despite rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament for the second time.

While the knee injury has ruled him out of this weekend’s season-opening Easter clash against Lorne, Holt said he could still return later in the season despite the possibility of further damage.

“I re-ruptured the ACL during training, but that’s not to say I won’t get out there and play this year,” Holt said on Monday.

Apollo Bay football coach Tyson Holt says he will play this season despite rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time.

Apollo Bay football coach Tyson Holt says he will play this season despite rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament for the second time.

“I’m still training and moving around – give it another four or five weeks and we’ll see how we go,” he said.

“You can definitely make it worse by playing on it, you can stuff the rest of knee capsule, but I’m getting a brace fitted today and hopefully that helps a little bit.”

Holt, 32, had surgery in July to repair the ligament in his left knee that he initially tore in June.

“I was going along nicely, probably seven or eight months into rehab,” he said.

“I had ticked all boxes and I was at the first training session after I’d been cleared to complete full training, got a slight bump and popped the ACL.

“It wasn’t overly disappointing, at my age the end is closer than the start, it just forces the hand maybe a little earlier than I would have hoped.

“It’s not the worst thing that could have happened.”

Holt said he planned to have a second surgery on the knee in November, which would be his fifth surgery in five years after the first reconstruction, an arthroscopy and two wrist surgeries.

He said the surgery would ultimately mean the end of his playing career, and he could spend more time helping son Tamar, 5, in the Auskick program.

“I don’t think there’d be much hope of a return, once you get to 33 or 34 on back of two knee recos, you’ve got to look at life outside of footy,” he said.

“I’ve got work to think of, that’s the main reason I’ll get it done, and then I’ll take a back step and look after the Auskick boys for a while.”

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