Injured ... Melbourne Rebels breakaway Jarrod Saffy. Photo: Melanie Russell
MELBOURNE REBELS breakaway Jarrod Saffy will today find out whether he can continue his career after more than three months sidelined with a bulging disc in the neck.
Saffy had scans yesterday and has an appointment with his neurosurgeon this morning in which he is expecting to be told whether the disc had sufficiently repaired itself during the enforced lay-off or if he requires surgery.
The 27-year-old was injured when he was accidentally struck on the back of the neck during a training drill by an arm guard worn by teammate Adam Byrnes in April.
Saffy played for the Rebels a couple of days later against NSW in round 9 but was replaced and has not played again, and had feared the injury could threaten his career. He has been back doing weights sessions and running in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, the return of Wallabies winger Joe Tomane and No. 8 Fotu Auelua have buoyed the Brumbies ahead of their crucial Super Rugby clash against the lowly ranked Blues at Canberra Stadium tomorrow.
The Australian conference leaders are within sight of qualifying for their first finals campaign since 2004 and need just a bonus point to put their berth out of question ahead of the second-placed Queensland Reds.
Tomane slots back to his regular spot on the wing, moving Jesse Mogg to fullback and Robbie Coleman to the bench.
■Western Force veteran Nathan Sharpe is set to play his retirement game tomorrow against the Crusaders after recovering from a slipped disc that left him bed-ridden last week.