Cornell du Preez: Worcester forward unable to speak for four weeks after throat injury

Cornell du Preez: Worcester forward \unable to speak for four weeks\ after throat injury
Worcesters Cornell du Preez unable to talk after throat injury
The 27-year-old had been on the pitch for barely five minutes when the injury occurred as the result of a collision with the Wasps captain, Joe Launchbury.

While it was initially suspected he had suffered a broken larynx, Worcester said on Thursday that the South African-born Du Preez had sustained a fractured cricoid (the cartilage just below the Adams apple) as well as a damaged voice box.

The 27-year-old back rower posted on Instagram today to update people on his progress after damaging his voice box and Adam’s apple in Warriors’ 21-20 defeat to Wasps earlier this month.

Read more The Worcester director of rugby, Alan Solomons, said Du Preez is making good progress but there is no time frame set on his return for the club he joined from Edinburgh in the summer. Du Preez added on his Instagram page that he cannot speak for the duration of his stay in hospital.

CORNELL du Preez confirmed he would not be able to speak for the “next four weeks or so” as he continues to receive treatment on his injured throat.

He wrote: On the 1st of September I fractured my cricoid [Adams apple]. I also damaged my voice box so I wont be able to speak at all for the next 4 or so weeks. I will be in hospital until then. We really want to thank @worcswarriors, friends and family from all over the world for the unbelievable support that have been received. Its been overwhelming.

And he stated the messages he had received from well-wishers over the past two weeks had been “overwhelming”.

It is unclear whether Du Preez, who has six Scotland caps, will require further surgery but Solomons added: Cornell is making good progress and is receiving the best treatment in hospital. Everyone at the club sends him their best wishes and we will continue to support him at this difficult time. We wish him a speedy recovery.

Last season, the Harlequins fly-half Demetri Catrakilis also suffered a serious throat injury and was sidelined for almost six months. He was unable to talk for a week and regularly saw a speech therapist during his rehabilitation. He said: To get back to playing you have to overcome quite a few negative thoughts, and injuries can happen to any part of your body. This has changed my perception of life because there was a stage when I didnt know if I was going to survive.

Du Preez fractured his cricoid and also sustained damage to his voice box. He is currently undergoing treatment in hospital, where he will remain for the next four weeks.

Worcester Warriors forward Cornell du Preez has revealed on social media that he will be unable to speak for the next four weeks as he continues his recovery from a throat injury.

Cornell du Preez sustained an injury to his throat during Warriors Gallagher Premiership clash with Wasps at Sixways earlier this month.

Worcester have confirmed the 27-year-old will spend at least the next month in hospital as he recovers from a fractured cricoid and damaged voicebox.

The incident happened less than five minutes into the Scotland internationals Worcester debut after joining from Edinburgh in the summer, and he has since had surgery.

In a post on Instagram, du Preez said it was “overwhelming” to receive “unbelievable support” from his club, friends and family from all over the world.

Warriors director of rugby Alan Solomons told the club website: “He is making good progress and is receiving the best treatment in hospital.”


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