Warrior Clubb to have kidney removed

Tony Clubb rang the Wigan Warriors club doctor at four in the morning to say "this isn't backache, it's more than that."

Wigan Warriors forward Tony Clubb is to undergo surgery to have a kidney removed after being left in so much pain he was unable to walk.

The former England international missed the second half of last season after having a cage inserted into his neck to correct a bulging disc.

And the luckless 29-year-old is now set for another spell on the sidelines, having been diagnosed with a kidney ailment.

He said in a blog on the Wigan website: "I woke up one night and couldn't walk I was in that much pain. I rang our doctor Chris Brookes and our physio Jo Seddon at four in the morning and said 'this isn't backache guys it's more than that'.

"They sent me for a scan and I saw a urologist who took a scan of my kidney and basically found out I had a kink in the tube leading into my kidney which had actually killed it off."

He added: "In just over a week I'll have the operation to remove the kidney and then hopefully I'll be on the mend straight after that.

"It should be a reasonable turnaround and I should be back in training in two to three months' time and quite a few athletes only have one kidney, many people are also only born with one so I'll be fine.

"It's a routine operation these days and hopefully I'll only be in and out of hospital within a couple of days."

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