DIRECTOR of rugby Alan Solomons reckons “happy” back-rower Marco Mama “will be back sooner than expected” after a “freakish” injury.

Mama suffered some internal bleeding in his right leg after hobbling off in Worcester Warriors’ defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sixways last week.

The blow was to the same leg that was repaired over the summer after Mama was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a condition that occurs when pressure within the muscles builds to dangerous levels.


Mama received treatment after the match against Exeter and visited a specialist on Monday.

Solomons said Mama faced up to six weeks on the sidelined but was hopeful that he would return to action earlier than anticipated.

“There is nothing untoward there,” Solomons said.

“He got a knock on the same leg and it was on a particularly bad spot. It was freakish.

“But the prognosis remains that it’s roughly a six-week injury.

“It took place here against Exeter so we have already had a week and are into the second week of that.

“I had a good chat to him on Tuesday.

“He is doing physio, rehab and stuff like that.

“Marco is a very good professional. He looks after his body and understands it.

“He will be back sooner than expected.”

Mama missed almost the entire 2017-18 campaign after sustaining anterior cruciate knee ligament damage.

The 28-year-old made 19 appearances last term but had spells out with a hamstring issue.

After undergoing four operations on his leg this summer Mama returned to fitness and played in four matches.

But the forward has now been dealt a further injury blow.

“That’s rugby,” said Solomons on Mama’s poor run of injuries.

“You want guys to stay injury-free but what can you do?

“It was unfortunate for Marco.

“But the specialist is happy and Marco is happy too.

“He has been to the specialist, asked all the questions he needed to ask and been given all the answers, so he was in good form.”