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Jose Kenga injury setback for Lions

11 March 2021

Last Saturday the Lions launched their post-Covid comeback with an encouraging 26-22 victory away to Bradford Bulls, but unfortunately the positive mood from that friendly success has suffered a subsequent setback.

Swinton forward Jose Kenga had entered the field as a first-half substitute, but within less than 2 minutes he was forced off the field with what looked like a lower leg injury. Jose subsequently attended hospital where sadly a ruptured Achilles was diagnosed. This type of injury has the potential to sideline Jose for several months, which of course is a devastating blow to the player and the club.

Head Coach Stuart Littler lamented the loss of this popular member of his squad. He said, “Sadly it’s not great news from the hospital regarding the injury to Jose. There is always a risk in any rugby match of a player getting injured due to contact and the physical elements of the game. But to be fair in this case, having looked back at the video, it’s hard to determine what actually went wrong.

“We have been in constant contact with Jose since last Saturday and we have already started to formulate a rehab programme to get him back up and running. Jose will now focus on getting his recovery right with our medical team who have been outstanding throughout pre-season.

“Things are sometimes sent to test us. But by focussing on the positives it allows us to build resilience to adversity in challenging times. We are a close team and we will all support Jose to get back on that field as soon as possible.”

Over the last few days, the club has received a number of enquiries and messages in respect of Jose’s well-being. Jose thanks everyone for their support, and is determined to return to action as soon as physically possible. In the meantime the club’s internal support systems will be focussing on his welfare and recovery.


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