Alex Gibbons was amongst the Australian team who featured at the Wellington Sevens back in New Zealand. However, the Alstonville junior’s time on the field was short-lived after he fell to an ankle injury, thus forcing him to return home for medical treatments.
The game where Gibbon sustained the injury, was one between Australia and Kenya, which saw the Aussies lose its final game 19-17 to Kenya on Sunday. He has been ruled out of play time for now and is mostlikely to miss the next round of competition this weekend in Sydney.
Coach Andy Friend who commented on the issue, said,
“We’ll have a look at finalizing the squad (for Sydney) on Wednesday.
“But at the end of the day we’ll have 12 fit players who will be very chuffed to play on their home soil in front of their family and friends.”
The 24-year old Gibbon has been quite lucky in the aspect of injury issues since the start of his professional career. Last year, he made his Super Rugby debut from the bench, for the Queensland Reds.
He was unable to finish the tournament as he amongst two others, Boyd Killingworth and Sam Myers, suffered shoulder injuries which had them sit out the rest of the competition.
At the Olympic Games held last year in Rio, Gibbon had not made the team but ever since then, he had been a crucial part of the rebuilding phase.
Friend also made it known that the performance of the young guys had impressed him and he believes that going forward is the only way.
“I was really impressed with the performance of the young guys and the whole team. Tenth is not what we want but there are some really good signs there moving forward,” he added.