Melbourne Storm fullback Robbie Ross continues to be plagued by injury and back luck following the news that he will undergo back surgery to alleviate a bulging disc, leaving him sidelined for at least two months.
Ross developed the injury after last week�s emphatic 40-point win over the Knights and despite carrying the injury in a minor capacity for the past two years, it is only now that the problem has become serious enough to warrant surgery.
�Robbie will have keyhole surgery to remove the bulging piece of a disc in his lower vertebrae, this procedure at least offers him the chance to make a return later in the season,� Storm doctor Greg Hickey explained.
�At this stage we would be looking for Robbie to return in at least two months but that could be longer depending on his rehabilitation.�
Ross was understandably disappointed with today�s outcome but tried to remain upbeat in the face of this latest setback.
�Hopefully I can get in early and have the operation soon and the recovery process will be a speedy one,� Ross said.
�Obviously it�s disappointing but I�ve got to try and remain positive about it.�
Since representing Australia and NSW in 1999 Ross has been struck down by one injury after another, leaving him to play just 41 games since the end of the Storm�s premiership season four years ago.
After tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in round 13 of 2000 he didn�t play again that year, similarly he missed 12 games in 2001 due to chronic hamstring problems and last year he managed 11 games after struggling to overcome groin and hamstring injuries.
After missing the opening two rounds this year with a hip flexor injury the 29-year-old has played in Melbourne�s past five games picking up three tries.
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