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Tedesco eager to play despite leg fracture

For James Tedesco, the pain of playing with a leg fracture is more bearable than not playing at all.
Tedesco eager to play despite leg fracture
by AAP

By Roje Adaimy

SYDNEY, Aug 16 AAP - For James Tedesco, the pain of playing with a leg fracture is more bearable than not playing at all.

The young Wests Tigers fullback has been battling to overcome a crack in his fibula suffered against North Queensland nearly three months ago.

But, having missed all but the opening 30 minutes of his debut NRL season in 2012 due to a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament on the same left leg, the 20-year-old is determined not to give in.

"If I do get a knock on it, it's pretty painful during a game," he told AAP on Friday.

"It does kill for about five minutes or so, then you run it off and it goes away.

"It's just frustrating because I want to play.

"Especially from last year, having only played in that one game, it is pretty important that I keep playing.

"Even though I'm not having the best season, it's important for me to get games under my belt for the experience."

Ironically, it was injuries to senior teammates Benji Marshall and Braith Anasta that opened the door for the talented youngster.

Tedesco inherited the No.1 jersey from Tim Moltzen, who was shifted to the halves in the absence of Marshall and Anasta before a knee reconstruction cut his season short.

The Tigers custodian insists his decision to keep playing would not have any long-term consequences, with his eye still firmly set on representing Italy at this year's World Cup.

"It's not an injury that can get worse, that's what they've said to me.

"It's mainly just playing through a bit of pain and that's what you've got to do sometimes for the team.

"That's part of first-grade - copping injuries and playing with them.

"It's not just me, it's half the team are playing with some sort of problem.

"Sometimes it plays on your mind a bit, I'm a bit tentative to step off my left foot.

"It's all a bit harder to play through but it's just about getting that confidence of playing with it."

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