Leeds Rhinos star Zane Tetevano has been absent recently due to a medical concern and the club have now confirmed that the forward suffered a stroke because of a hole in his heart.
Tetevano has now commented on the news.
The former Sydney Roosters and Penrith Panthers forward thanked Leeds’ medical staff as well as stating he intends to play again when he can.
He said: “Firstly, I would like to thank the club’s medical staff, the paramedics, doctors and nurses who looked after me when I collapsed. I knew I was in the best possible care and I owe them alot, especially our medical team, who reacted so quickly on the field, I will never know how lucky I was. I am confident that I will be ready to return to action as soon as I am cleared to do so.”
Tetevano has set up a JustGiving page to support the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund which supports children and adults born with congenital heart defects across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Working alongside the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit at Leeds Genral Infirmary, the fund is well known for their annual Wear Red Day. Fans can support Zane’s fundraising here
Everyone at Serious About Rugby League wishes him a speedy recovery.