GWS Giants co-captain Phil Davis to return via NEAFL

Greater Western Sydney co-captain Phil Davis will wear a specially designed guard to protect his kidney when he returns to the field in the Giants reserves in the NEAFL on Saturday.

Davis said the kidney he injured, when he was accidentally kneed in the Giants' round-one victory over the Sydney Swans in March, had fully healed, although he admitted it had lost some function.

The Canberra product played out the game against the Swans, but was rushed to hospital from the change rooms and spent almost two weeks there.

He saw a specialist on Tuesday and was given the all clear to face the Northern Territory Thunder at the Sydney Showgrounds on Saturday.

"I had the CT scan on Monday and it came back that it had fully healed, so that was just terrific news," Davis said.

"I've lost a bit of the function, but apart from that it's in as a good shape as it was before.


"I've been very fortunate in my recovery, everything's gone really well.

"The power of my healing's been pretty good.

"I'm very happy, very excited and just looking forward to having a run around on Saturday and just getting back into it."

Geelong defender Tom Lonergan had to have a kidney removed after backing into a pack eight years ago and went on to become a crucial cog in the Cats defence.

Davis will have to wear a specially designed guard to prevent further damage to his kidney.

"It's not bad, it's slightly different to what I'm used to, but the guard's great," he said.

"Hopefully it will give me a fair bit of confidence going forward."

Davis has been training for six weeks and has gradually built up his load.

Signs have been positive and a possible return was hinted at a few weeks ago, depending on the results of his latest scan.

Playing in the NEAFL is the first step to a possible AFL return later this season.

The 23-year-old was expecting a tough first hit-out against a quick and athletic Thunder side that sits second on the ladder.

"I'd like to think I've been training hard," Davis said.

"I've been able to run for about the last six weeks and it's been a gradual build-up.

"I'm feeling in pretty good nick, but it's never in match nick, so I'll probably be puffing and panting a fair bit come Saturday."