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Ben Harrison set for hip operation instead of World Cup
BEN Harrison hopes to repay Warrington Wolves for the faith they have shown in him.
Not just with a blockbusting performance at Old Trafford on Saturday, but by putting his World Cup ambitions on hold to undergo a hip operation to ensure he will be fully fit to start 2014’s pre-season training.
“I am planning to go for a hip operation as soon as the season is over,” he said.
“As good as it would be to play in a World Cup I think I owe it to the club to get it sorted.
“The club have been brilliant with me, no stone has been left unturned in my recovery and the physio staff have been superb.
“The patience they have had with me, letting me train at the back end of weeks to allow for more recovery and sending me to Ireland for specialists has really helped.
“It has been good that we have been able to keep me right and hopefully finish on a high with a win on Saturday.
“Then there is three months in the off-season to rehab, prepare and build towards a big year to continue what we are doing at the club.”
Missing for most of the year after aggravating a hernia in round one, the 25-year-old forward has endured a demanding and painful recovery from a double hernia operation that went some way to fixing the injury he had carried over a number of years.
It has meant that he has only made 13 appearances this term, although his return to first-team action has come early enough for the England international to be in line for a second shot at a Grand Final win, having started at prop against Leeds in 2012.
The pain of that loss still lingers, but Harrison believes that Wolves’ suffering can be used to positive effect when they line up against Shaun Wane’s Wigan side on Saturday night.
“We have a lot of bad feelings and memories from last time,” he said.
“The experience was good but we don’t like to lose, let alone fall at the final hurdle.
“But we hope that the building blocks we have been putting in place all year will help.
“I think the experience from last time, as bad as it was, will be good learning experience for us.
“Hopefully in our mental preparation we will know where we went wrong last time, know to play the conditions a bit better and to prepare in the right way.
“Being there so recently can be an advantage if you use it in the right way.”
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