SONNY BILL WILLIAMS is confident his remarkable sporting career is back on track after undergoing surgery on a chest injury in Sydney.
“Just spoke to the doctors operation went well, Thanks for the support I’ve been truly blessed” Williams told his Twitter followers.
Williams injured himself playing rugby in Japan, where he has picked up a lucrative short-term contract before a likely return to the NRL, with a boxing fight against South African Francois Botha in between.
He gave no indication of when he’d be back on the pitch for the Panasonic Wild Knights, but still hopes to help them win the Top League competition.
He also hopes his bout with Botha, who has fought Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis, can be held in February.
His return to league is eagerly awaited, with Channel Nine proposing to kick-off the new season with the Sydney Roosters, Williams’ likely destination, taking on South Sydney.
There are conflicting estimates of how long Williams will be sidelined, with five months a possibility.
Doctors in Japan had initially suggested he would be fine to fight Botha on November 24 before returning to the pitch, but a second MRI indicated 10 to 12 weeks was more likely.
He decided to have surgery immediately in a bid to return to the playing field for the Wild Knights as quickly as possible.
Williams is yet to confirm his return to the NRL.
” I am still a rugby player and I am still signed with the Panasonic Wild Knights, so I have got to respect them,” he had previously told the Sydney Morning Herald.