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Roughead running again nine days after knee surgery

Jarryd Roughead is already back running after knee surgery - AFL,Hawthorn Hawks,Injuries,Jarryd Roughead
Jarryd Roughead is already back running after knee surgery

HAWTHORN captain Jarryd Roughead is back running barely a week after left knee surgery and confident it was only a minor setback in his preparation for next season.

Roughead, 30, completed the Hawks' 2.2km time trial on November 22, but hurt his knee two days later and club medical staff decided surgery was the best option.

The dual All Australian had the operation nine days ago and missed Hawthorn's training camp in New Zealand.

"We gave it a week, but there were some mechanical issues," Roughead told the club's website on Wednesday.

"They just said it was best off to go in and get it done now (and you) don't have to worry about going to camp and then come back and have it done.

"What are we? Eight, nine days post-surgery and I'm already out here running and doing weights while the boys get back tomorrow."

Roughead, who played all 22 matches and kicked 38 goals this year after beating cancer, said he would have missed up to three matches if the injury occurred during the season.

"We understood this time of year; it wasn't as if you were going to miss months of footy," he said.

"It was only a small clean up, so in and out in a day and I was back here (at Waverley Park) within two days doing rehab."

Roughead was disappointed to miss out on the New Zealand trip, although he was there only weeks earlier for defender James Frawley's buck's party.

"It would have been different to see the other side of Queenstown, in terms of training and whatnot, and also to get around all the new boys," he said.

"They had been here only a week, so it would have been good to get to know them, but by all reports from the boys who were over there, it was a great camp and everyone did well."