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Nick Cummins suffers Rio setback

by April 11, 2016 General

Nick Cummins is on his way home to Australia with his Olympic dream up in the air after suffering an ankle injury at the Hong Kong Sevens that has ruled him out of action for up to month. 

Australian sevens coach Andy Friend confirmed Cummins would return to Australia to begin rehab on his ankle after hurting it during his first sevens appearance in six years on the weekend. 

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Cummins was a late call up for the Hong Kong event after Henry Hutchison pulled out of the tournament due to a foot problem and was set to feature at the Singapore Sevens event this weekend. 

It means Cummins will, at best, have just two tournaments – the Paris and London legs in May – to show Friend why he should be included in Australia’s Olympic squad that will be picked in early July. 

Injured: Nick Cummins Olympic dream is in doubt after an ankle injury has ruled him out for a month. Injured: Nick Cummins Olympic dream is in doubt after an ankle injury has ruled him out for a month. Photo: Cameron Spencer

“He needs to get home and checked. The smartest thing is to get him home and get him an opportunity to get some rehab,” said Friend from Hong Kong. “Whilst we sat him on the bench, in all seriousness it was only going to be if we had nothing else. It was a pretty serious ankle injury. He certainly wouldn’t have been at 100 per cent if he got out on the field. It was definitely giving him some grief.” 

Friend said Cummins hurt himself on either his first or second carry of the tournament and was visibly below his best. 

“When Nick Cummins makes a line break, Nick Cummins normally scores from a line break … we realised there was something wrong,” Friend said. “I thought he showed great character and fight to continue playing on with that, but it was only afterwards that he realised how serious it was.”

Lewis Holland is also expected to miss a month of football after hurting his foot.