Australian full-back Drew Mitchell could make a remarkable return to action in time for the World Cup next month. The Waratah’s man suffered a horrific ankle break just four months ago, but could be in line to return to the Australian set-up in time for their World Cup campaign after a determined and speedy recovery.
A collision with Queensland’s Scott Higginbotham left Mitchell screaming in agony as his ankle pointed the other direction. As part of Mitchell’s recovery he has been forced to sit and watch the incident over and over again, with a sports psychologist viewing it as an essential part of the combative back overcoming his fears of playing again. Now with himself back ready mentally, Mitchell just needs to get himself physically ready for the pace of international rugby in time for Robbie Deans’ final 30-man squad. Those looking at the Betfair Rugby World Cup 2011 betting will be wondering if he has what it takes to compete at the very highest level.
Mitchell maintained after he suffered the injury that he would return in time for the World Cup, although not many believed it possible. To even be back training shows the determination of the player and that will be a key ingredient that Australia will need if they going to reclaim the Webb Ellis trophy this autumn. While revealing his ankle feels strong and he is confident playing again, Mitchell has admitted he wouldn’t want to be involved in the World Cup if he wasn’t anything other than 100% fit. Those looking at the rugby betting odds should bear this in mind.
In the next few weeks, Mitchell will continue training on the Gold Coast and between himself and the coaching staff, will decide whether or not he is capable of performing at his best.
He said: ”If I feel the ankle is solid and have trust in that, the confidence will be there. ”If there is hesitation and doubt I will take that into my ball carries.
”I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t think I could get back to my best, and it won’t help my position in the team if I wasn’t at my best.”