MARCO Mama hopes his unfortunate run with injuries is consigned to the past as he looks to “ride the wave” and secure his future.

The Warriors back row has scored three tries in as many starts having fought back from compartment syndrome – a potentially life-threatening condition that causes bleeding in the muscles.

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Mama, 28, signed a one-year deal in February 2019 and is out of contract in the summer with Ted Hill, Sam Lewis and Cornell du Preez penning extensions at Sixways during the current campaign.

“It is quite hard to negotiate when you are on the physio bed. It’s an interesting conversation because there is an unknown,” said Mama.

“Naturally the club doesn’t want to sign a player that is going to be constantly injured, they have got to ask similar questions of surgeons and find out what the go is.

“They don’t have too much experience signing players who have had compartment syndrome.

“I think the most important thing is getting back playing and showing that your leg is okay and then you want to get back playing well.

“You want to be proving your worth so when you are having conversations based around your contract you feel like you are in a strong position.

“I would like to think all the contracts and all the outside stuff will look after itself after that.

“The tough thing as rugby players your value is very much based on where you currently are.

“Whether you like it or not, as soon as you are injured your value generally drops quite significantly.

“As soon as you are playing and playing well you can have one good game and every club is looking to sign you. You have got to ride the wave.

“From my perspective I have played rugby for the past 10 years and am still the same player but you have got to understand that your perception amongst other clubs or your own club changes very quickly."

On his comeback, Mama continued: “I have worked very well with all the backroom staff and they have been really good with my injuries.

“The positive point for me is that if you are having a non-contact soft tissue injury then you question whether your body is fit and ready enough to play.

“I had three contact injuries at the start of the season – I cut my hand open and had an operation on that, I had a concussion and another dead leg to the same spot.

“That sometimes happens. Sometimes you feel like you can play five games of rugby in a row and you won’t get injured and sometimes you just keep getting random knocks that there is nothing you can do about.

“The comforting thing for me is that the injuries I have had so far have been out of my control.

“You start questioning your preparation, your recovery and your body’s readiness for the games if it is soft tissue, non-contact injuries.”