Jonny Wilkinson no longer asks “why me?” when suffering an injury setback.
The former England flyhalf damaged his right knee during an English Premiership match for Newcastle recently, and is expected to miss the November Test against the All Blacks at Twickenham. He may also struggle to be fit for the Bok clash.
“Iâ€™ve gone past the stage of asking â€œwhy me?â€, â€œwhy does it always happen?â€,” Wilkinson wrote in the London Times. “Iâ€™m at the stage now where I get injured and immediately tune into what Iâ€™ve got to do next. Iâ€™ve started to come to terms with my situation, I accept the injuries more quickly and, rather than wasting mental energy feeling frustrated, Iâ€™m instead thinking: â€œWhat I can do to cut down the rehab time?â€”
Wilkinson is experiencing a bad case of deja vu, having suffered a similar imjury previously.
“The injury is exactly the same as the old knee injury except itâ€™s the right knee this time,” he wrote. “I had a scan on Saturday morning, the morning after the match the night before against Worcester, and got the results that same afternoon. Itâ€™s a grade-two partial medial ligament tear. It took me nine weeks to come back from the last one, although that was because there was no game on the eighth weekend afterwards.”
The flyhalf said he had stopped focusing on playing for England again.
“I really donâ€™t focus on it now. My aim, actually, is not to think about any grander ambitions and just to focus on playing a few consecutive games.”