THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO -- There's no way Noel Prefontaine wanted to cap his career with such a heartbreaking ending.
Turns out, he didn't.
The Argonauts veteran kicker/punter could play Sunday for the first time since he had hip surgery in July, a procedure he feared at the time might end his career.
"It's been quite a road for me, rehab and trying to get my hip ready and thinking before the surgery that my career could possibly be over,'' Prefontaine said Saturday after the Argos' walkthrough at the University of Toronto's Mississauga campus. "To say I'm 100 per cent at this point would be a falsehood, but having said that I think I can contribute and we'll see what happens (Sunday).''
The Argonauts host the Montreal Alouettes in a battle for first place in the East Division.
The 38-year-old Grey Cup champion underwent surgery to repair a four-centimetre labrum tear in his left hip 10 weeks ago. His last game was against Hamilton on July 14 and Prefontaine said at the time that "as an Argonaut, you don't want to end your career in Hamilton.''
He was told he could be sidelined for four to six months, and was concerned about the chances of resuming his career at his age. Not only has he managed to rebound, but he's done so well ahead of schedule.
"Obviously I'm pretty fast in terms of getting there. Nobody can talk about my age unless it's in a good way,'' Prefontaine said. "I'm sure (the doctor) is pretty surprised or impressed at least. It took a lot of time, a lot of commitment, a lot of sacrifice, for not only but my family, I was able to spend a lot of hours getting ready.''