Former Wallaby and current Tonga coach Toutai Kefu says his family is making good progress in their recovery from a home invasion attack two months ago.
The 47 year-old, who played 60 Tests for the Wallabies, was rushed to hospital in August with his wife Rachel and two of his children.
He underwent emergency surgery after being stabbed in the attack, while his wife had surgery on a deep cut to her arm.
Kefu said their physical wounds have pretty much healed but his wife’s movement was still limited.
“She only just started her therapy on her hand so she can’t move her hand at all yet, so we’re hoping with some intense therapy over the next 6-12 months she can get close to full movement,” he said.
“There’s a still a bit of uncertainty there but every day she’s getting a little bit better, albeit with a lot of pain. She’s heading in the right direction.”
The Tonga boss has selected a 40-man squad to face Scotland, England, the French Barbarians and Romania on their upcoming tour, although not every player will be available for all the games.
But the father of five will remain in Brisbane as he and his family continue their recovery.
“I would rather be there but as you know it’s probably best for me to stay home at this point,” he explained.
“It will be a weird feeling (watching the team on TV) but I’m actually really looking forward to this campaign. We don’t get too many chances to play two tier-one games so I was bitterly disappointed I couldn’t make the trip. But for obvious reasons I couldn’t be there.”
“I’ll have my opinions on selections but I’ll leave the selections to (assistant coach) Grant Doorey.”
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