Gloucester Rugby: Olly Morgan on his way to knee guru Bill Knowles
OLLY Morgan will fly out to Vermont today for a fortnight's intense rehabilitation work with world-renowned knee specialist Bill Knowles.
The Gloucester full-back will link up with the man who has masterminded comebacks from serious injury for the likes of Tiger Woods and Jonny Wilkinson.
The 27-year-old tore knee ligaments in the 21-15 defeat at Worcester in January 2011, and has not played since.
Morgan's initial recovery prognosis after surgery was six months, but since then an infection and two further operations have more than doubled his rehab time.
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Gloucester boss Nigel Davies said in November that he thought Morgan would miss the rest of this season.
But Morgan himself remains confident he can be fit before the end of the campaign.
He is desperate to ensure his knee problems do not wipe out a season-and-a-half of Cherry and Whites action.
And if anyone can accelerate his recovery it is highly-acclaimed Knowles, who has helped Dan Ward-Smith, Richard Hill, Charlie Hodgson, Jason White and Austin Healey back from serious knee problems, among many others.
Knowles works at the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic in the Killington Mountain Ski Resort.
He is famed for his brutal rehab and fitness sessions that leave athletes totally floored, and are like nothing they have ever faced before.
But he is also known for his ability to bring about even the most unlikely of playing recoveries.
And for that Morgan is in good hands.
Morgan tore his lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments when his studs caught in the Sixways turf in a tackle in January 2011.
He also ruptured the popliteus, the muscle that locks and unlocks the knee joint, the posterolateral chamber and the biceps tendon.
Morgan will have his work cut out with Knowles, but is excited by the challenge and the opportunity.
He will need a week's total rest on his return, before Gloucester can start to assess his progress.