NRL News 2023: Ryan Papenhuyzen US tied as he steps up kneecap rehabilitation

Forward superstar Ryan Papenhuyzen has flown across the world to follow Latrell Mitchell and Tom Trbojevic to speed up his rehabilitation after a fractured kneecap.

Melbourne Storm full-back Ryan Papenhuyzen is the latest NRL star to head to reconditioning guru Bill Knowles in the US for the next step in his rehabilitation after a fractured kneecap.

Papenhuyzen boarded a flight to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon to begin a two-week program with Knowles, who is also tending to Manly superstar Tom Trbojevic and his troubled hamstrings.

Knowles worked back on South Sydney full-back Latrell Mitchell this season. The Rabbitohs star recovered from hamstring problems to lead his side to a provisional final and the Kangaroos to a World Cup win in Britain.

Forward No 1 Papenhuyzen, who picked up the injury against Canberra in July, travels with Melbourne physio Liam Robinson.

“This is an opportunity to advance my rehab,” said Papenhuyzen.

“I don’t want to go into this with any expectations. I just want to go in and do my best and see how I come out after that. I’ll learn new things knowing it’s going to be tough.

“I took the opportunity. I like doing these kinds of things that are a little bit different.

“When Lachie mentioned it as a possibility, we went to great lengths to make sure it would be

happen… I have a lot of work to do to get back to where I want to be. I know I still have a long way to go.”

Papenhuyzen is slated to work with Knowles twice a day before rejoining the Storm in the second week of their annual preseason camp in Geelong, but exactly when the Melbourne flyer is expected back on the field remains up in the air .

It’s been a frustrating time for Papenhuyzen after breaking his kneecap in multiple pieces.

“My time will come, I think. It’s just a matter of getting through those parts of the process now,” he said.

“It’s a journey, but every career is a bit of a journey.

“If I’m going through these hardships now, hopefully I’ll have a bit of luck at the end (of my career). That’s all part of it.”

Melbourne’s NRL squad returns from the Christmas-New Year break on Wednesday when Storm’s World Cup players Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, Jahrome Hughes, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Tui Kamikamica and Justin Olam return to their teammates for the first time this preseason will .

The Storm take on the Sydney Roosters in the Pre-Season Challenge on February 12 in Geelong.

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Ryan Sederquist

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