Leigh Halfpenny is confident that he’ll fully recover and play rugby again after suffering a knee ligament injury in Wales’ 68-12 win over Canada.
In a triple-tweet thread posted on Tuesday evening, the 32-year-old Scarlets full-back revealed that the injury will require surgery.
He was one minute into his 96th cap when he collapsed whilst taking the ball into contact and no time scale has been given until his return.
Halfpenny, who played two games during the 2021 Guinness Six Nations, started at full-back for Wales against the Canadians at the Principality Stadium.
Today I received the news I feared that I suffered a knee ligament injury against Canada on Saturday that requires surgery. Hard to put into words how I’m feeling right now. Tough one to take especially on such a proud day for myself and my family. Whilst it’s a set back,
— Leigh Halfpenny (@LeighHalfpenny1) July 6, 2021
He tweeted: “Today I received the news I feared that I suffered a knee ligament injury against Canada on Saturday that requires surgery.
“Hard to put into words how I’m feeling right now, tough one to take especially on such a proud day for myself and my family.
“Whilst it’s a setback, I look forward to overcoming this challenge and making a return to the game I love as soon as possible.
“I’ve got a lot more I want to achieve and having come back from a similar situation before I’ve every confidence I’ll be back out there.”
Halfpenny made his Wales debut aged 19 against then-world champions South Africa back in November 2008 and has come back from injury before.
He suffered a series of injuries in 2014 which resulted in Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal threatening to terminate Halfpenny’s contract due to the reoccurring problems.
However, Halfpenny bounced back, and he was keen to thanks his fans for the messages of support.
“Thank you for all your messages of encouragement and support through this time it means so much,” he tweeted.
“Best of luck to the Welsh boys for the two remaining games.”