Coach Baber will not rush Nasoko back into playing

Physio William Koon (left) looks on as Kalione Nasoko does the bicycle during a national Fiji Airways 7's team training at Albert Park. Picture: RAMA/FILE

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber will not rush former captain Kalione Nasoko back into playing in the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Nasoko underwent an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) operation recently and has joined the national training squad camp as part of his recovery process.

Baber said an ACL could end a player’s career and they had a duty of care to look after Nasoko’s welfare.

“Kalione is eight weeks away from playing because of an ACL operation,” he said.

“Don’t forget that ACL operation finishes players’ careers.

“We have a duty of care and responsibility to manage his welfare, not only for his involvement with Fiji 7s, but his future as a rugby player and the future to have the quality of life.

“He is around with the players and is training with us in camp. We have good physios to take care of his needs.

“He has a huge work to do because it is my intention to get him back into selection possibly for Hong Kong and Singapore.

“If he is not ready for that, then we will do it when we feel and deem it for him to come back so he does not get injured again.”

Nasoko suffered the knee injury during the 2018-2019 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

He was set to join Pro14 club Edinburgh, however failed the medical tests in Scotland which revealed the extent of the ACL damage.

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