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Ben Harrison delays hip operation to help Warrington Wolves push for glory
BEN Harrison is under no illusions just how crucial Warrington Wolves’ trip to Perpignan could be for the rest of their season.
“As a team we know that this is the time where we really need to stand up and be counted,” he said.
“It is massively important that we carry that momentum from the Saints game to France and beyond.
“Everything is on the line and we cannot afford more slip-ups.”
Warrington’ remaining games are so crucial that the 25-year-old forward has postponed a hip operation in order to see out the remainder of the season.
But that might also have something to do with the fact that 2013 has been hugely frustrating for the England forward, who has played only 11 games this season.
“I had a double hernia and an operation to fix it, but I had carried it over a few years and the bone and tendon damage I had done was substantial,” he said.
“There was a lot of over-compensation from other muscles and that damages other parts like my abductors and tendons – it was a mess.
“It was massively frustrating for me, anything that could go wrong, went wrong.
“I came close to throwing in the towel this year, but the phsyio team and coaches have been superb.”
No stone has been left unturned to return Harrison to fitness since his setback in week one, including sending him over to Ireland twice to see specialists used to dealing with groin injuries sustained by Gaelic footballers.
The reward for his and the medical staff’s hard work was a return to first team action against Hull KR in July, just before the start of a lull in Wolves’ performances that culminated in the ‘low point’ of defeat to Widnes Painful as that loss was, he believes it came at the right time.
“What we took from that defeat to Widnes and implemented, gave us that result against Saints,” he said.
“If that helps us to build now and iron out mistakes that could have crept into the play-offs, where it is do or die, then it is a blessing.
“It is massive that we build in Catalan, because it is the time of year where it is all about your performance and how you play.
“Play-offs football and winning the arm wrestle are all important at this stage and Catalan will offer us that, because you won’t come up against many bigger packs or more talented half backs.”
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