Wakefield Wildcats’ back-rower, Ali Lauitiiti has revealed that he is close to making a return to the squad after being ruled out for three weeks with an ankle injury.
The 35-year-old who is also celebrating his testimonial this season was forced to come off in the defeat to Leigh Centurions in the Challenge Cup back in May.
“I did damage to my ankle ligaments, I actually tore a few of them” stated Lauitiiti. “I also strained some of the ligaments in my knee as well. The injury has not turned out to be as serious as we first thought.
“It was quite frustrating, more so that we lost against Leigh. But to then suffer an injury on top of this made the situation worse.”
Lauitiiti has been a key player for the Wildcats this season. His wealth of experience and strength has been an important support to his teammates, helping boost the confidence and performances on the field.
Over the past three weeks Ali has worked closely with the club’s Physiotherapist, Simon Wray and Strength and Conditioning Coach Martin Clawson, and is expected to return to full training over the next couple of weeks.
He added, “Stinger (Simon Wray) and Clogger (Martin Clawson), worked really hard with me, everything has come together pretty well so far.
“I will hopefully start running on the surface next week and then another week or two and I will be back in full time training.”