Kumuls coach Michael Marum has been cleared of any serious health concerns and will to return to full duties today (Monday, October 30) after he spent Saturday night in hospital.
Marum was taken to hospital following PNG's 50-6 win over Wales on Saturday after experiencing cramps to his arms and ribs, but was released yesterday morning after being given the all-clear by hospital staff.
“The match doctors checked him in the dressing room and, due to RLWC protocols and requirements, he was taken to hospital to ensure full medical checks were done,” Kumuls team doctor Gideon Kendino said.
“I am pleased to say all tests were completed overnight and the coach is fit and healthy.
“He was discharged from hospital this morning after being given the all-clear and has returned to work.”
In a statement released on the Kumuls' Facebook page, Marum thanked fans for their support and assured the PNG faithful that he would be at the helm for next Sunday's crunch game against Ireland in Port Moresby.
“Mi orait ia (I am alright). We were following RLWC protocols and processes and I thank them for their assistance," he said.
“A big thanks to everyone for your prayers and 'get well' messages. I really appreciate it.
“Thank you all for your support in the big win over Wales yesterday. We have a seven-day turnaround so will prepare well this week for our game against Ireland next Sunday at the Oil Search NFS in Port Moresby.”
QRL Media contacted Marum on Sunday evening with the coach saying he was ready to get back in charge of his team.
“All good and back to work tomorrow,” he said.
PNG next host an impressive Ireland side who upset Italy in their opening Pool game. The match will be at 4pm (PNG time) next Sunday, November 5.