There is pain for a male rugby league player and then there is…pain.
The pride of manhood can sometimes get in the way whilst playing a sport that is incredibly tough on the body and on the mind.
But, then an injury comes around that makes you shudder at the thought – it’s most definitely a ruptured testicle.
Newcastle Thunder and former Warrington Wolves man Jack Johnson did just that last month and even saw the funnier side, but it happened again over the weekend this time in Australia.
With the North Queensland Cowboys in incredible form in 2022, sitting second on the NRL ladder, the last thing they would need is a freak accident to happen to their most important player.
But, that’s exactly what happened to halfback Tom Dearden, with the club confirming the news over the weekend.
“Tom Dearden suffered a ruptured testicle in Friday night’s win over the Warriors,” the club said in a statement.
“Dearden had surgery on Saturday afternoon and the club is hopeful he will return to play before the finals.”
Brien Seeney, better known as NRL Physio on social media, said that Dearden would likely make a full recovery.
“Pain obviously off the charts – thankfully if treatment performed within 2-3 days 90% make a full recovery with no long term implications,” he tweeted.
“2-4 weeks is the usual return to play range. Meaning best case he’s back in 2 weeks.”
Tom Dearden required surgery after rupturing a testicle in Rd 23 (via @7michellebishop). Usually requires 2-4 weeks recovery. Pain obviously off the charts – thankfully if treatment performed within 2-3 days 90% make a full recovery with no long term implications (fertility etc)
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) August 21, 2022
Though expected to make a full recovery which includes a return date of no more than a month, it is still a daunting prospect to go through life with just one testicle!
And, it is perhaps even more daunting to play rugby league with just one good one left!
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League passes on their well-wishes to Dearden. Let’s hope he doesn’t take his eye off the ball.