Gold Coast Titans veteran Kieran Foran has made the tough decision to continue playing through significant injury instead of opting for surgery or an extended break from rugby league. Despite his ongoing pain, Foran is determined to lead the club’s push for the finals. Throughout his career, the 32-year-old has been plagued by injuries, including calf tears, knee issues, and most recently, a plantar plate setback. Despite this, Foran returned to the field in the Titans‘ win over the Broncos and is determined to line up for their upcoming match against the Dolphins.
Foran explained, “We had two weeks where we just did nothing, no weight-bearing and went in the boot. I’m just trying to let it scar up as best we can. We feel that it’s at a point now where it’s just going to probably improve each week, but it’s certainly not perfect now.” He further added, “For it to completely heal up I would have had either surgery or eight weeks off in a boot. That’s just too long, so we found a happy medium.”
The Titans are set to face the Dolphins, a team they last played when they suffered a devastating loss after squandering a 26-0 lead. However, the Dolphins themselves have been struggling, having lost their last four matches. Both teams will face challenges with injuries, as the Titans‘ Foran battles through his own pain, while Dolphins hooker Jeremy Marshall-King remains doubtful due to shoulder concerns.
Meanwhile, former Titan Jarrod Wallace will make his return to the Gold Coast after serving a three-week suspension for a shoulder charge. Wallace expressed his excitement about playing against his former team, saying, “It’s the first time I’ve played there since I left so I’m excited.”
It remains to be seen how these factors will influence the upcoming match between the Titans and the Dolphins. Will Foran’s determination to play through pain pay off, or will the Dolphins capitalize on their struggles? Only time will tell.