Jerome Kaino’s Super Rugby season is over because he needs to undergo surgery to repair damage to a shoulder injury sustained in the Blues Round 2 match against the Chiefs.
Kaino received a direct blow to his shoulder during the game but continued to play thinking it would settle as he has had a recurring shoulder issue which he has managed successfully so far. However this did not happen and subsequent investigations revealed a piece of bone had been knocked off the shoulder joint.
A shoulder specialist has advised surgery which Kaino will have on Wednesday and this will keep him out of rugby for approximately six months.
“I’m gutted,” Kaino said.
“I really didn’t think this was going to take me out of the whole Blues season. It certainly helped seeing the guys have a good win at Loftus in the weekend.”
Blues coach Pat Lam said Kaino’s season-ending injury was quite a shock.
“Jerome is a great player and brings a lot to the Blues on and off the field. This is a real blow for him and I know, like us, he is really disappointed that he won’t be playing this season with the team. All of us wish him well for the surgery on Wednesday,”
Blues team doctor, Stephen Kara explains Kaino’s injury in detail:
‘During the Chiefs game in Round 2, Jerome sustained a direct blow to his L shoulder causing a subluxation (or partial dislocation). He continued to play as he has had a longstanding issue with a large anterior labral tear in the L shoulder which he has been able to compensate for due to the muscle bulk he has around the shoulder, assisted with rehab and bracing. This did not settle in the usual manner and further investigations with plain x-rays and MRI imaging revealed an inferior bony Bankart lesion (= piece of bone knocked off the inferior part of the glenoid or shoulder joint). In consultation with a shoulder Specialist that Jerome has seen in the past it has been decided that the best way forward is to undergo surgical stabilisation of the shoulder. Surgery has been planned for Wednesday this week with a predicted return to play at this stage being 6 months post operatively.’