SURGERY to repair Broncos Test winger Jharal Yow Yeh's fractured and dislocated right ankle has been put on hold because the 22-year-old requires a skin graft.
Eleven days after his horrific mishap against South Sydney in Perth, Yow Yeh remains in hospital awaiting an operation which it is hoped will set him on the path to a full recovery.
Broncos coach Anthony Griffin said last night Yow Yeh remained upbeat, but he admitted the delay was frustrating.
"He needs a graft where there was a compound fracture," Griffin said. "He needs fresh skin around the wound and they can't operate at the moment because there is too big a risk of infection.
"(Orthopaedic surgeon) Dr Peter Myers said Jharal is handling things well. He is remaining positive.
"It's a frustrating process, but they must get it right."
Yow Yeh sustained a compound comminuted fracture dislocation of the right ankle when he fell heavily after contesting a high ball.
Dr Myers said last week that Yow Yeh would not play this year, but there was a chance he could report for training ahead of the 2013 season.