This guy says back on the pitch 4 - 6 months
Back playing a year
Back to his old self, likely never 100%.
I think I have previously mentioned since this happened to Andre that I had a very serious ankle injury in 2017, where I had 3 grade 3 ruptures of my ankle ligaments, and 2 grade 2 ruptures. There was only 1 ligament in the ankle that I didn't rupture, which was the posterior ligament deep inside the ankle, which only usually occurs when you suffer a break, which thankfully I didn't.
As a bit of background, I consider myself to be a fairly fit chap. I used to run ultramarathons, and a continue to cycle a lot. The injury was the result of a very innocuous incident (hopping off a bench). It was likely my ankle was previously weakened by something else.
I was lucky enough to have PMI, and had access to an extremely good physio, but I was on crutches for at least 4-6 weeks. Due to the blood rushing to the area and the healing process, the pain in the ankle area when standing up was excruciating/almost impossible at first, which meant the best place for me was on the sofa lying down! This is where Andre will be for the next 2-3 weeks.
With Andre, the recovery will be a very painful and intensive process. The injury not only affected me physically, but mentally as a keen runner, in the fact that it took me 18 months to become confident that my ankle was strong enough to withstand the pressures of running and sport. This is often the part that people can't quite fathom if they haven't had a serious injury, and something that I didn't appreciate pre-injury. The mental aspect is now everything for Andre to recover fully. Trusting his own body is a process that will take a lot of time, no matter how he has recovered physically.
I really hope he recovers fully in both capacities, and wish him well for the long road ahead.