May 'feeling good' as return moves closer
WHEN Jonny May dislocated his elbow in Toulon, he feared the worst.
But within minutes the joint was back in place and then in days his expected recovery time had been halved.
Gloucester's medics initially warned May he faced eight weeks on the sidelines.
The 23-year-old's joint slipped back into place so easily and with such little damage though, that the Kingsholm doctors quickly cut that prognosis in two.
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Now May admits his injury has hardly disheartened him at all – especially as it offers him chance for a belated pre-season.
May claimed his first England cap on the summer Argentina tour, with enforced rest afterwards reducing his preparation time for the new campaign.
Speed king May suffered his dislocation on Friday, August 9.
If his recovery takes a month, then he could be in action as soon as Gloucester's second Premiership clash of the term, at Saracens on September 15.
Relieved not to be facing a longer lay-off, May explained: "My elbow went out and luckily got put in straightaway on the pitch.
"If I'd moved it, it might have gone back in, but I just wanted to keep it still.
"But the doctors did a great job and were able to get it back in straightaway.
"I've been waking up every day with it noticeably improving, and that's great.
"Now it's just a matter of how quickly we can get it better.
"But it feels like it's going to be a short-term injury with any luck.
"Initially they said it would be eight weeks, because that's standard for a dislocation.
"But then they quickly cut that to four, because it was doing so well.
"I want to get back quickly, but at the same time I won't rush back too soon before it is right.
"I got my head around it being eight weeks, so when they talked about four, that was a great boost.
"I'm getting better than we'd initially thought, so I'm feeling good."
Keen to work on pace and power while he fights for fitness, May continued: "I hadn't really had much of a pre-season anyway, with the England tour and then a little break.
"So I can use this block now to work hard on strength and speed.
"Hopefully when I do get back playing I'll be flying, so I'm not too down about it to be honest.
"I feel pretty confident with my rugby at the moment, I felt sharp out in Toulon and I really enjoyed the summer.
"So I can stay positive and I played a fair amount out in Argentina, so missing out on the pre-season games hopefully won't prove too much of a problem.
"It's effectively a pre-season block for me now, so that hopefully when I'm ready for rugby again, I'll be fresh and sharp straightaway."