Eighteen months earlier the same problem had left him lying on his back for a week and sidelined him for two months, but this time he recovered within three weeks and returned to win his fifth and sixth caps in England's final two matches.
The committed Christian, who back at home leads Bible classes on a weekly basis at the Holy Trinity Church in Fulham, is flourishing within the Lions environment.
"This time last year I was in the England Saxons team, and I didn't even start the first game on that tour," he noted after Saturday's victory in Cape Town.
"I think timing is everything. I have got a lot of self-belief and my faith has helped me as well. I believe if you put your trust in the big man, everything is possible.
"I hope I've done enough to make the Test team but I certainly don't want to be too comfortable. I don't think the team is obvious at all. They have mixed up combinations right through the tour so far.
"This could have been the last game I play before the Test but Luke [Fitzgerald] also scored a try on Wednesday [against the Sharks], Shane [Williams] is the World Player of the Year and Tommy [Bowe] is playing well so you could pick everybody."
Powell admits Test selection is tight
With Bowe certain to claim the right wing jersey for the match in Durban though, Monye is up against the Irishman and Welshman for the number 11 jersey, with full-back Rob Kearney - who can also play wing - the other alternative.
Monye, who scored twice against the Golden Lions in his other tour outing, owes all three of his tries so far to Bowe's intelligent angles of running off his flank, creating opportunities that the pacy Londoner has plundered with aplomb.
"He is a great winger and with Rob Kearney there as well it has been easy to slot in between the two of them," Monye added.
"Our attacking combinations seem to be coming on, we have got a really good pattern and shape, and without the ball our defence has also been strong.
"We probably got more value out of this game [against Western Province] than we did against the Golden Lions. It was good to have to show even more grit and determination, but we are five [wins] from five and everyone is really happy.
"You wouldn't be on this tour if you didn't have the mental capability and skill level to be able to gel together, but it is also about personalities.
"There are zero egos out here, everyone is mucking in, everyone has a voice and everyone is happy to be heard. The coaches are very adaptable and it has been great, a lot easier than I expected.
"The team bond which we have built has happened so quickly and that makes it easy. It is just a case of getting those combinations right now. You can see glimpses of it, we just need to keep that consistency over 80 minutes."
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