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CARLILE SOLVES PROBLEM
Huddersfield Giants hooker Keal Carlile has finally solved his mysterious fatigue issue that has prevented him from playing since round two of Engage Super league. The 21 year old has had exhaustive tests over a long period of time which have revealed a valve problem which requires surgery to return him to competitive action.
The hooker will undergo this surgery next week to cure a problem that has been identified by Harley Street specialists and will result in him returning to action later in the year:
Keal Carlile commented:
"It's been a very worrying time since this extreme fatigue hit me during the Castleford game in February and caused me to come off. It's related to a valve in my heart which has taken some tracking down and surprised me as I have always felt really fit and healthy,"
"Surgery will bring me back even better the specialist says and I have to thank the club for continuing to explore every avenue until we got to the bottom of the problem. Obviously I feared the worst when the problem was explained to me but as I listened more to the specialist it's clear to me that it is fairly easy to sort and once it is done I will be much fitter and stronger,"
"All I want to do now is get the procedure done which I am told is fairly routine and get back into training as soon as possible to get fit for the challenge ahead."
Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis commented:
"It's great that we have finally got some light at the end of the tunnel for Keal. There were some worrying thoughts when the extreme fatigue hit and I have to pay credit to our medical staff for the way they have worked through this with Keal."
"The result of which is likely to be an even stronger and fitter player. He is a smashing young man with a tremendous attitude to every challenge and I am sure that he will recover from the operation relatively quickly and begin the rehabilitation process,"
"It's difficult for him and his medical team to set a return date for him at this stage as whilst we have been trying to fully diagnose the problem he has not been training so his base is very low and clearly the operation will reduce that even further. The good news though is that he will be able to return to Rugby."