Retiring Farah prepared to ignore doctors

Robbie Farah says he may play for the Tigers again this season despite breaking his leg in August.
Robbie Farah says he may play for the Tigers again this season despite breaking his leg in August.

Retiring Wests Tigers great Robbie Farah admits he has been told by doctors not to play again but says he's prepared to ignore their advice for an NRL swansong.

Farah is racing the clock to get back on the field before he hangs up his boots after suffering a broken leg two weeks ago.

With three games left in the regular season and the Tigers hanging onto their finals hopes by their fingernails, Farah has faced up to the fact he may have played his last game.

After his replacement Jacob Liddle suffered a season-ending ACL tear against Manly, the Tigers have been thrust into a dummy-half crisis with out-of-favour playmaker Josh Reynolds set to be recalled from NSW Cup to wear the No.9 jersey against Newcastle.

But in a sign of Farah's determination to turn out for his beloved Tigers one last time, the notoriously stubborn No.9 has vowed: "I won't die wondering."

In a sign of his determination, he quipped: "If we've got to win to make the semis, I'll cut it off if I have to."

And he said he was prepared to ignore his doctor's advice and risk further injury for one last game.

"At the end of the day it's my decision but they definitely recommended that (he not play again)," Farah said.

"It's just a matter of gathering the information from them as best I could and whatever risk I put upon myself is my decision."

Pressed on whether he was endangering his long-term health just for one last game, Farah admitted playing again could result in further injury and surgery.

"If I do more damage, I'll need surgery and pins put in," Farah said.

"At this stage, the fracture's not displaced so I don't (need) surgery, it will heal as is.

"But you risk further damage if I cop another whack on it or get twisted in a certain way."

Farah has enjoyed a stellar career across 17 seasons, playing 302 NRL games, 16 Origin games for NSW, as well as eight Tests for Australia and another five for Lebanon.

He was in a brace up until the weekend and hoped to be off crutches before the end of the week.

If he does get back on the park, it will most likely be at the Tigers' spiritual home of Leichhardt Oval against Cronulla in the final round.

And said he was prepared to play with a broken leg to do that.

"If I do get on the field, I'm not going to be 100 per cent," Farah said.

"It's something I'm going to have to be willing to risk by getting out there. It's a matter of getting all the information, getting all that in and processing it all."

Australian Associated Press