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Rabbitohs' Ross waits for clearance

04/03/2010 05:03:51 PM Comments (0)

South Sydney prop Ben Ross faces yet another week of waiting for a final clearance to play in the NRL as he recovers from a serious neck injury.

Ross saw his surgeon on Thursday and received encouraging news, but will need to wait until the same time next week for the all-clear.

He and club officials are confident he will receive the thumbs-up to resume his career.

The former Queensland State of Origin forward broke his neck playing for Cronulla a year ago and hasn't played since.

The Rabbitohs said Ross's surgeon was pleased with the progress of the bone fusion in the 29-year-old's neck.

"We've had great news today about Ben's recovery from his neck injury," Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson said in a statement.

"His surgeon wants one final consultation with him to ensure he has recovered completely.

"We're happy to wait one more week to get Ben's final clearance as his health is our number one priority and in no way, shape or form will we rush him back into playing.

"He is involved in all of our training now and I'm sure all of our members are looking forward to seeing him in the red and green jersey, just as much as he is."

Ross said, after nearly 12 months of recovery, he could wait one more week for the final clearance.

"It was great to hear what my surgeon had to say today and I'm really excited about next week," Ross said.

"I'll be doing everything I can to earn a spot in the top 17 and I can't wait to get back out on the field and play rugby league again."

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