Sportsman website reporter Ethan - Strauss interviewed sports injury doctor Brian satriel, asked about whether the 30-year-old Thompson can fully recover from his Achilles tendon injury.
It depends on who is defining the word full recovery, satriel says. I think no matter how well you recover and how successful the operation is, your body tissue will always be different after the operation. Therefore, if the surgeon says that he expects to be fully recovered, it may not be the same as the coach and the manager of the team. The latter may imagine a complete recovery in performance, while surgeons refer to complete recovery of basic functions
So I think its possible for clay to return to what hes been like in his previous career, but theres no doubt that its going to be the biggest difficulty hes ever faced on the pitch and in his life.