AUSTRALIAN FORWARD Keith Galloway is remaining positive, despite a double dose of bad luck.
The Leeds Rhinos front-rower is confident he will make a full recovery from a torn Achilles – his second such injury in less than a year.
He missed being part of Scotland’s squad in last year’s Four Nations and the latest setback cost him a place in this autumn’s World Cup, as well as Leeds’ Betfred Super-8s campaign.
He is now recovering following an operation to repair the damage and expects to be back on the field in the early part of 2018.
“I had surgery about a month ago,” said Galloway, who was hurt in Rhinos’ home win over Hull on July 14.
“I knew what I was in for because I did the same thing last year to the other foot.
You have to be upbeat. It is a shame, I was really enjoying my rugby this year – it was a lot better than last year and hopefully we will have a big finish to the year.Leeds Rhinos’ Keith Galloway
“Mentally I am pretty good. I am doing all the re-hab’ and I’ve been in the gym a fair bit, which I wasn’t doing last year.
“I am just trying to keep upbeat, but the first two weeks was hard.
“After surgery you have to stay at home for two weeks and keep your foot elevated in a cast.
“That was pretty tough, but a few of the boys came round to see me.
“I just started driving last week so I am in and around training a bit more now and that makes it a bit easier.”
Lightning struck twice for Galloway, 31, who snapped his other Achilles in the penultimate game of last season, at Huddersfield Giants.
He returned in Rhinos’ 10th competitive fixture of this year, at Hull in April and made 13 appearances before the injury curse struck again. He admitted: “It is tough. It is probably a bit unlucky, but there’s a lot worse things that could happen in the world.
“You have to have that perspective about things.
“I have got my health and my family and that sort of thing.
“At the end of the day it is a bad rugby injury, but I’ve come back from it before and I will do again.”
As an overseas player Galloway is away from the support network other team-mates have, and he said: “It is hard, but I have got a supportive family.
“My wife has been brilliant, I have got two lovely kids and the club’s been great too.
“The club has been a big help and whenever I need anything they are there for me.”
Galloway reckons the two similar injuries were an unfortunate coincidence.
He said: “I wish I knew, I wish I could pinpoint what it was.
“I don’t know if I was over-compensating from last year’s injury or what it was.
“I think it was maybe just a freak of nature, but I have got a lot of time to get it right before next year now.”
Galloway hasn’t set a specific target for when he hopes to be back in action, but does not anticipate missing much of the 2018 campaign, which will be the last of his three-year contract.
“If I am not ready for the start of next season I don’t think it will be too long after,” said the pack man.
“I will definitely be ready for there or thereabouts.
“You have to be upbeat. It is a shame, I was really enjoying my rugby this year – it was a lot better than last year and hopefully we will have a big finish to the year.
“I will be there to support the boys.”