2022-04-11 05:39:00

Rabbitohs superstar Latrell Mitchell has been ruled out for eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

Mitchell left the game against the Dragons last week after just 14 minutes.

The club said on Monday that scans revealed the tear was in the tendon and not the muscle, causing a longer recovery time.

Mitchell’s estimated return date is Round 13 when Souths have a bye but the Wednesday after that round is the State of Origin opener on June 8.

It’s highly unlikely Blues coach Brad Fittler would play Mitchell without any games under his belt following a long lay-off.

“He reported feeling a pull or a grab in his hamstring and was unable to finish the game,” Rabbitohs physio Eddie Farah said.

Latrell Mitchell of the Rabbitohs. Getty Images
Latrell Mitchell of the Rabbitohs. Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

“The MRI scan confirmed what we expected, a definite tear in the hamstring and the tear was located in the tendon rather than the muscle.

“That means his recovery will be a lot slower.”

The club also confirmed Souths veteran Mark Nichols had an operation on his ankle and will be out for eight to 10 weeks.

KNIGHTS CARNAGE

The Newcastle Knights are in a spot of bother with their injury list reaching eight players following their 30-6 loss to the Sea Eagles.

As a direct result Knights coach Adam O’Brien may be forced to name a new halves duo with Adam Clune sidelined after damaging his posterior cruciate ligament.

The 26-year-old has opted not to go under the knife and instead is hoping to play through the pain.

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If Clune finds himself ruled out against his former club the Dragons, 21-year-old Phoenix Crossland will be likely to pair up with Jake Clifford in the halves.

Just when matters couldn’t get worse UK import Dominic Young is expected to have a four-to-six week sideline stint after injuring his knee, alongside Jirah Momoisea who is facing up to six weeks out after injuring his elbow.

Both Young and Momoisea came off with injuries during the first half in the Knights’ loss to the Sea Eagles.

The duo are currently awaiting the outcome of their scans with the possibility of surgery.

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The Knights now have eight players sidelined with injury and Mitch Barnett unavailable due to suspension.

Jayden Brailey (achilles) – Round 18 

David Klemmer (knee) – Round 9

Lachlan Fitzgibbon – (knee) – 6 weeks 

Adam Clune – (knee) – 0-2 weeks 

Dominic Young – (knee) – 4 to 6 weeks

Jira Momoisea – (elbow) – 1 to 6 weeks 

Mitch Barnett – (suspension) – Round 10 

Bailey Hodgson – (elbow) – Round 10 

Tyson Frizell – (ankle) – 0 to 2 weeks 

Origin representative Tyson Frizell is expected to return from his ankle injury early, pushing through the pain during the Knights’ injury crisis.

INJURED IN ROUND 5

Latrell Mitchell (hamstring) – Round 13

Dominic Young (leg) – TBC

Jirah Momoisea (dislocated elbow) – TBC

Martin Taupau (neck) – TBC

Chanel Harris-Tavita (face laceration) – TBC

Adam Reynolds (leg) – TBC

Corey Oates (leg) – TBC

Nat Butcher (concussion) – TBC

Matthew Timoko (back) – TBC

Waqa Blake (knee) – TBC

FULL CASUALTY WARD

BRONCOS

Adam Reynolds (leg) – TBC

Corey Oates (leg) – TBC

Pat Carrigan (knee) – Round 8-10

Albert Kelly (footy – TBC

Jordan Riki (ribs) – Round 5

Brendan Piakura (hamstring) – Round 10

Xavier Willison (knee) – mid-season

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RAIDERS

Matthew Timoko (back) – TBC

Hudson Young (toe) – Round 6-7

Jamal Fogarty (knee) – Round 15

Josh Hodgson (knee) – season

Harley Smith-Shields (knee) – season

BULLDOGS

Paul Alamoti (ankle) – Round 6

Matt Doorey (knee) – indefinite

Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot) – indefinite

Jack Hetherington (shoulder) – season

SHARKS

Matt Ikuvalu (ankle) – TBC

Connor Tracey (head knock) – TBC

Wade Graham (ankle) – Round 6

TITANS

Jayden Campbell (ribs) – TBC

Joe Vuna (knee) – indefinite

Shallin Fuller (leg) – season

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SEA EAGLES

Josh Schuster (ankle) – Round 6

Tom Trbojevic (medial tear) – Round 8

Martin Taupau (neck) – TBC

STORM

Tom Eisenhuth (calf) – Round 5

Bronson Garlick (knee) – TBC

Tui Kamikamica (stood down) – indefinite

George Jennings (knee) – season

Christian Welch (Achilles) – season

KNIGHTS

Dominic Young (leg) – TBC

Jirah Momoisea (elbow) – TBC

Hymel Hunt (knee) – Round 6

David Klemmer (knee) – Round 9

Mitchell Barnett (suspension) – Round 10

Bailey Hodgson (elbow) – Round 10

Lachlan Fitzgibbon (knee) – Round 11

Jayden Brailey (Achilles) – Round 18

COWBOYS

Ben Hampton (hamstring) – Round 6

Cohen Hess (shoulder) – Round 6

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (knee) – Round 6-7

Mitchell Dunn (knee) – season

EELS

Waqa Blake (knee) – TBC

Shaun Lane (hamstring) – Round 6

Jake Arthur (appendix) – Round 6

Marata Niukore (calf) – Round 7

Sean Russell (ribs) – indefinite

Maika Sivo (knee) – mid-season

Haze Dunster (knee) – season

Ray Stone (knee) – season

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PANTHERS

Brian To’o (knee) – Round 9

Moses Leota (shoulder) – Round 10

RABBITOHS

Mark Nicholls (knee/ankle) – Round 12-14

Latrell Mitchell (hamstring) – Round 13

DRAGONS

Tyrell Fuimaono (suspension) – Round 6

Josh McGuire (suspension) – Round 6

Max Feagai (ankle) – Round 11

ROOSTERS

Nat Butcher (concussion) – TBC

Egan Butcher (foot) – Round 5

Sam Verrills (thumb) – Round 6

WARRIORS

Chanel Harris-Tavita (face laceration) – TBC

Ash Taylor (hip) – Round 6

Viliami Vailea (knee) – Round 6

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak (thumb) – Round 8

Tohu Harris (knee) – indefinite

TIGERS

Kelma Tuilagi (shoulder) – TBC

Stefano Utoikamanu (ankle) – TBC

Jackson Hastings (suspension) – Round 6

Adam Doueihi (knee) – indefinite

Asu Kepaoa (pectoral) – indefinite

Tommy Talau (knee) – indefinite

Shawn Blore (ACL) – season

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