{
    "title": "Warburton says op will extend career",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/2\/Sam-Warburton-160618-Crying-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will return to rugby next season after surgery on his knee and neck which he believes will give his career a new lease of life.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nThe 29-year-old back-row forward underwent two operations after last year's Lions tour of New Zealand.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cIt will 100 percent extend my career,\u201d he told the <em>Western Mail<\/em> on Tuesday.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI was worried how long I would be able to go on playing if I didn\u2019t get these issues sorted, mentally as well, because I didn\u2019t want to commit to the physical side of the game and without the physical side of the game that\u2019s me over.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI\u2019ve got to get my body right to get my head right to play again.\u201d<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWarburton, who said he felt he was playing at 70-80 percent on the Lions tour, had a synthetic ligament attached to his knee and some bone shaved in his neck to alleviate a pinched nerve.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI had to sign a form beforehand accepting there was a one in 3&nbsp;000 chance of paralysis, which isn\u2019t great before an operation. They said if you want to play rugby again, it\u2019s worth having,\u201d Warburton said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cSince the operation in September, everything has gone away,\u201d he said of pain and sensitivity in his neck and arm as a result of the pinched nerve.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cMy knee is lovely and rigid again. I haven\u2019t had that for about six years.\"<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWarburton has a daily regime of physiotherapy to aid his recovery but has also taken time away from rugby.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI needed to get away completely and give my mind a break as much as anything else,\u201d he said.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\nWarburton's focus is now on the 2019 World Cup with Wales and he has not decided what he will do after that.<\/p>\r\n<p>\r\n\u201cI am keeping the door open, I want to get to that point and see how I feel,\" he said. \"I only want to play if I know I can be physically at my very best.\u201d<\/p>",
    "blurb": "British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton will return to rugby next season after surgery on his knee and neck which he believes will give his career a new lease of life.",
    "date": "2018-02-13T17:37:17",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "Reuters",
    "img_credit": "Sam Warburton &copy; Gallo Images",
    "category": "International Rugby",
    "videos": []
}