George Burgess is the first professional rugby league player to play after having the serious hip surgery that has allowed him to return to the sport.
The surgery – hip resurfacing – involves displacing the femoral head and then trimming the damage using special instruments.
A metal cap is then inserted over the head, whilst damaged bone and cartilage lining the socket is removed, before the femoral head is repositioned and the incision closed.
It’s an incredibly arduous surgery that often helps people walk again, never mind taking to the rugby league field.
Reports have been released that reveal Burgess is progressing through rehab at a steady pace and has commenced agility work.
The former Wigan Warriors prop forward is seven months post surgery, but there are very few examples of athletes having these procedures in any contact sport.
The Englishman joined Wigan on a marquee contract ahead of the 2020 Super League season, but managed just eight games as the pain became unbearable as he almost couldn’t run.