‘‘MIRACLE worker’’ Charlie Teo is confident former Newcastle Knight Scott Dureau will recover from surgery to remove a tumour from behind his eye and return to the English Super League, Dennis Dureau said on Sunday.
Mr Dureau, Scott’s father, said the 26-year-old Catalans Dragon was recovering well in his Newcastle home after surgery in Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital last week.
Dr Teo, who Mr Dureau described as a ‘‘miracle worker’’, told the family he was confident the entire tumour was removed and was unlikely to return.
Dureau will have a scan next month, which will hopefully give the halfback the all clear as well as reveal how well his skull is recovering from the surgery.
It will then only be a matter of when Dureau is ready to return to the south of France.
‘‘Catalans have told him to come back when he’s ready,’’ Mr Dureau said.
‘‘We’re not pushing him and they’re not pushing him. It will be Scott’s decision when he’s ready.
‘‘The support we’ve got from both sides of the globe has been unbelievable.’’
That support has included well wishes from current and former teammates, coaches, friends, family and even referees who hold the Knights’ product in high esteem.
It has been a difficult year for the family with Dennis undergoing brain surgery last March before Scott’s diagnosis before New Year’s.
‘‘We were very lucky to get a hold of Dr Teo,’’ Mr Dureau said.
‘‘He just said we’ve got to do [the surgery] and we’ve got to do it now.’’
The tumour affected Dureau’s vision, which should recover well while his skull should heal over several weeks.
‘‘It’s a little early to be talking about going back to France... it will basically come down to how [Scott] feels,’’ Mr Dureau said.