Operation Farewell Farah cranks up with injured Tiger set to run next week

Operation Farewell Farah will crank into overdrive next week with the Wests Tigers legend prepared to defy pain and run on his broken leg for the first time.

While he remains long odds to overcome a cracked tibia and return for Sunday week’s clash with the Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, Robbie Farah has quietly worked around the clock to get back on the paddock.

Tigers teammates revealed Farah was able to walk without crutches this week, and the tough-as-nails No. 9 was even spotted completing some squats in the gym.

The best way for a weight-bearing bone like the tibia to repair is rest, with six weeks widely considered the earliest return date.

Should Farah play on Sunday week in front of a packed house against Cronulla, it will have been just 29 days since he hobbled off ANZ Stadium against Canterbury.

The retiring Farah, a noted quick healer, knows time is not on his side. The Herald has learned he’s already started jogging on a trampoline and has also used an anti-gravity treadmill.

Farah has already made peace with the fact if he doesn’t play, but will never forgive himself he doesn’t do everything in his power to defy the odds and play for the Tigers again. The plan will be to try and run at training early next week.

There was talk Farah would be named to play against the Sharks, especially if they lost to St George Illawarra on Sunday and other results meant they could not reach the top eight. But there is no way the 35-year-old will entertain such a move if he wasn’t fit.

Farah’s good mate Benji Marshall was the shock option to start at dummy-half against Newcastle while Josh Reynolds has been named in the No.9 again and expected to start in the middle from the opening whistle against the Dragons.

The Dragons were last week linked to Reynolds, who has been told by the Tigers he is free to look elsewhere, despite having two years to run on his current deal worth around $1.5 million. However, Dragons officials are happy with Cameron McInnes and view Fijian international Joe Lovodua as their long-term back-up option.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Robbie gets back,” fullback Corey Thompson said. "You don’t play 300 NRL games if you’re not professional. I’m sure he’s doing everything before, during and after training to give himself that one shot to finish the year strongly.

“Benji is on fire, ‘Brooksy’ [Luke Brooks] is on fire, Grubby added so much energy off bench on the weekend. If Robbie is at 90 per cent, even 80 per cent, he can lead the forwards around and put us through holes.”

Halfback Luke Brooks, arguably the Tigers’ best the past six weeks, said of Farah: “I saw Robbie before walking around. Knowing him he’ll doing everything he can do to go around again this year. ‘Grubby’ will get the job done [in the meantime], and even if Robbie comes back there’s still a spot for Grubby in the side.”

There is already plenty of excitement brewing ahead of the final round, but Tigers players also know there is no way they can treat the Dragons lightly. Fans have sadly become too used to seeing their Tigers lose the games they’re expected to win.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/operation-farewell-farah-cranks-up-with-injured-tiger-set-to-run-next-week-20190827-p52lac.html

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@Masterton said in Operation Farewell Farah cranks up with injured Tiger set to run next week:

Operation Farewell Farah will crank into overdrive next week with the Wests Tigers legend prepared to defy pain and run on his broken leg for the first time.

While he remains long odds to overcome a cracked tibia and return for Sunday week’s clash with the Sharks at Leichhardt Oval, Robbie Farah has quietly worked around the clock to get back on the paddock.

Tigers teammates revealed Farah was able to walk without crutches this week, and the tough-as-nails No. 9 was even spotted completing some squats in the gym.

The best way for a weight-bearing bone like the tibia to repair is rest, with six weeks widely considered the earliest return date.

Should Farah play on Sunday week in front of a packed house against Cronulla, it will have been just 29 days since he hobbled off ANZ Stadium against Canterbury.

The retiring Farah, a noted quick healer, knows time is not on his side. The Herald has learned he’s already started jogging on a trampoline and has also used an anti-gravity treadmill.

Farah has already made peace with the fact if he doesn’t play, but will never forgive himself he doesn’t do everything in his power to defy the odds and play for the Tigers again. The plan will be to try and run at training early next week.

There was talk Farah would be named to play against the Sharks, especially if they lost to St George Illawarra on Sunday and other results meant they could not reach the top eight. But there is no way the 35-year-old will entertain such a move if he wasn’t fit.

Farah’s good mate Benji Marshall was the shock option to start at dummy-half against Newcastle while Josh Reynolds has been named in the No.9 again and expected to start in the middle from the opening whistle against the Dragons.

The Dragons were last week linked to Reynolds, who has been told by the Tigers he is free to look elsewhere, despite having two years to run on his current deal worth around $1.5 million. However, Dragons officials are happy with Cameron McInnes and view Fijian international Joe Lovodua as their long-term back-up option.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if Robbie gets back,” fullback Corey Thompson said. "You don’t play 300 NRL games if you’re not professional. I’m sure he’s doing everything before, during and after training to give himself that one shot to finish the year strongly.

“Benji is on fire, ‘Brooksy’ [Luke Brooks] is on fire, Grubby added so much energy off bench on the weekend. If Robbie is at 90 per cent, even 80 per cent, he can lead the forwards around and put us through holes.”

Halfback Luke Brooks, arguably the Tigers’ best the past six weeks, said of Farah: “I saw Robbie before walking around. Knowing him he’ll doing everything he can do to go around again this year. ‘Grubby’ will get the job done [in the meantime], and even if Robbie comes back there’s still a spot for Grubby in the side.”

There is already plenty of excitement brewing ahead of the final round, but Tigers players also know there is no way they can treat the Dragons lightly. Fans have sadly become too used to seeing their Tigers lose the games they’re expected to win.

https://www.smh.com.au/sport/nrl/operation-farewell-farah-cranks-up-with-injured-tiger-set-to-run-next-week-20190827-p52lac.html

Well that is all well and good. If we are still alive going into that last game there is no way I would play Farah. What if he goes down in the first couple of tackles like Mbye did a few weeks ago.

The boys can carry him around LO at the end of the game to say farewell. Personally think it is quite selfish if he plays.

If we lose against Saints he can do what he likes.

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What is important for Farah? Wests Tigers get a semi final for the first time in many years or he plays in what could be the decider for a semi finals spot whilst not 100%?

If we’re out,of finals contention yes…if we can’t still make it yes, providing grub is on the bench imo

This story is nothing more than complete and utter rubbish as Farah is no Cooper Cronk who at least had both legs to run on and kick with.
As I said in a separate post…[If he can prove his fitness to Madge] I would be prepared to put him on the bench, but his best position without a doubt is L.R.O…of everything, forever…☝ ☺

Reynolds has to be on the bench…and we have to lose against the Dragons if he is to play. If we beat Dragons, he shouldn’t play. If we lose, go for it Faz.

Just let it go Robbie, it’s not worth it…

@Newtown you actually need that answered?

Farah playing with a broken leg will be on par with Mbye playing against Canterbury with a busted groin in terms of selfishness.

It’s a shame that this is the way Robbie will go out, but we cannot seriously consider playing him just because he wants one last hurrah. The blokes got a broken leg, seems a simple call to make for me. We can’t put Robbie ahead of our semi final chances, if we happen to win on Sunday.

@Russell said in Operation Farewell Farah cranks up with injured Tiger set to run next week:

The boys can carry him around LO at the end of the game to say farewell.

Should be able to rustle up a ute from somewhere.

First thing is winning this week before we look to next week… If we win this week and either Broncos and/or Sharks lose next week will be massive for the club regardless.

I will have my fingers crossed …

With regards to Farah playing I would not risk it at all as they all say the “TEAM” is more important than any individual… If we lose to Dragons and are out of the final chance I have no problems with him playing or trying to play.

@Fraze23 said in Operation Farewell Farah cranks up with injured Tiger set to run next week:

Farah playing with a broken leg will be on par with Mbye playing against Canterbury with a busted groin in terms of selfishness.

Please don’t start that again. They aren’t even remotely comparable.

One last selfish act for the road

@jirskyr i don’t see how they aren’t similar. An injured player putting themself before what’s best for the team. Both would be incredibly selfish in nature.

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