"Underlying health issue" - Maro Itoje explains what's been going on with him - Ruck

“Underlying health issue” – Maro Itoje explains what’s been going on with him

Maro Itoje, the 28-year-old England lock, is confident that he’s nearing his peak performance level following a challenging period marked by a noticeable drop in his typically high standards.

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Despite being widely considered one of the premier second-row players globally, Itoje faced difficulties in reaching his usual excellence over the last few years.

His subpar performance during the Six Nations was attributed to an undisclosed underlying health issue, as revealed by Itoje himself.

“I guess over the last year or so there have been things which have probably affected my conditioning, which has resulted in me being perhaps a little less energised,” the Saracens talisman told iNews.

“There have been injury bits, a few niggles, a few things that I’ve had ongoing which I didn’t know were ongoing.

“It was some health things behind, which I know have had an impact. Due to how I was feeling it probably wasn’t the quality of what I would expect for myself. All of that has kind of been resolved over the last three weeks. I’m now in, I think, a much better position.”

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