LUKE Keary can’t recall the incident which left him with a broken jaw and lingering headaches.
It was a tackle gone wrong and the Sydney Roosters star was knocked out cold.
When it comes to the brain, you have to take it seriously.
In fact, the jaw was the least of his concerns.
The fears were around the head knock.
While the headaches lingered, the pain in his jaw grew too. It was only when he went for an X-ray that he learned that it was broken.
“I don’t remember much from it to be honest,” Keary told PlayersVoice.
“I was actually knocked out. I got knocked out from the hit
“From what I’ve been told, I caught the ball out the back of a play, one of the young fellas has come up to make the tackle, he’s a fair bit taller than me, obviously I’ve run into his shoulder and don’t really remember too much from then.
“Kind of woke back up a fair time later. Jaw was pretty saw but not too bad. I was actually more worried about my head. I was having real bad headaches.
“I got myself home, rested up for a couple of days. Couldn’t really eat much. My jaw just kept getting sorer and sorer. I thought I was going to be able to start eating and gradually couldn’t eat anything.”
Already one of the more slight players in the game, the No.6 revealed he dropped a significant amount of weight due to the injury.
Confined to a liquid diet, Keary lost five kilos.
That’s right. From 85 kilos and down to 80.
As he bluntly put it, he felt like he was ‘wasting away’.
“They stuck a plate in there and a few screws,” he said of the surgery.
“They found a little crack in there. Went through on the left side. I think I got those X-rays at about 9.30 in the morning and I was in surgery about four that arvo which was nice and all done by about six or seven.
“The club was on top of it which helps and is going to help in the long run.”