Manly coach Des Hasler has confirmed his superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic “won’t play again” this season.
Trbojevic suffered a shoulder injury while making a try-saving tackle in Manly’s Round 11 loss to the Eels.
It was reported over the weekend that he would undergo season-ending surgery, however there was still hope that perhaps Trbojevic would be able to put off the surgery and return later this season.
But on Wednesday Hasler confirmed the devastating news.
“He’ll have the operation, he won’t play again this season,” he said.
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Meanwhile, the Warriors skipper Addin Fonua-Blake is set for a lengthy sideline stint with the club revealing on Tuesday that the footy injury he suffered “could keep him out long-term.”
Elsewhere, there’s mixed news on the injury front for the Raiders.
Halfback Jamal Fogarty will play his first game of the season on Sunday, but fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad is expected to miss six weeks after suffering a high grade hamstring injury.
The club also confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that veteran Jarrod Croker, who was set to return from a shoulder injury this weekend, had dislocated his shoulder at training.
It’s a devastating blow for the 31-year-old who has struggled with a horror injury run. Croker will have scans in the coming days to determine the severity of the injury.
And the Knights have copped an untimely blow with star centre Bradman Best sidelined for “four to six weeks,” according to the Knights’ head of medical Craig Catterick.
Best suffered a dislocated elbow last week and scans have confirmed he ruptured a ligament.
Catterick revealed on Tuesday that Kurt Mann (foot) and Hymel Hunt (cheekbone) are both tracking for a Round 14 return and gave an update on co-captain Jayden Brailey’s return from an Achilles injury.
“He’s started to do some running on the field and hopefully will be back into full training in July,” Catterick said.
Read on for the full NRL Casualty Ward.
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FULL CASUALTY WARD
Adam Reynolds (hamstring) – Round 13
Brendan Piakura (hamstring) – Round 13
Xavier Willison (knee) – mid-season
Tesi Niu (hamstring) – Round 17
Albert Kelly (foot) – Round 20-21
Matt Frawley (illness) – Round 12
Semi Valemei (knee) – Round 12
Jarrod Croker (shoulder) – TBC
Jamal Fogarty (knee) – Round 12
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (hamstring) – Round 18-19
Josh Hodgson (knee) – season
Harley Smith-Shields (knee) – season
Corey Waddell (concussion) – Round 12
Braidon Burns (hamstring) – Round 15
Matt Doorey (knee) – mid-season
Jack Hetherington (shoulder) – season
William Kennedy (suspension) – Round 12
Jesse Ramien (suspension) – Round 13
Franklin Pele (hand) – Round 13
Dale Finucane (knee) – Round 16
Jack Williams (shoulder) – Round 17
Braden Hamlin-Uele (pectoral) – indefinite
Patrick Herbert (calf/Achilles) – Round 12
David Fifita (knee) – Round 12
Kevin Proctor (triceps) – Round 15
Joe Vuna (knee) – indefinite
Shallin Fuller (leg) – season
Jason Saab (toe) – Round 12-13
Karl Lawton (suspension) – Round 13
Ben Trbojevic (shoulder) – Round 14
Taniela Paseka (knee) – indefinite
Morgan Boyle (ankle) – indefinite
Brad Parker (knee) – mid-season
Tom Trbojevic (shoulder) – season
Nelson Asofa-Solomona (knee) – Round 13
Ryan Papenhuyzen (knee/hamstring) – Round 15
Tepai Moeroa (shoulder) – Round 15
Reimis Smith (pectoral) – Round 22
Christian Welch (Achilles) – season
George Jennings (knee) – season
Hymel Hunt (cheekbone) – Round 14
Bailey Hodgson (elbow) – Round 14
Dylan Lucas (knee) – Round 14
Kurt Mann (foot) – Round 15
Bradman Best (elbow) – Round 16-18
Jayden Brailey (Achilles) – mid-season
Chris Vea’ila (leg) – indefinite
Jason Taumalolo (knee) – Round 13-14
Kyle Feldt (knee) – Round 18
Mitchell Dunn (knee) – season
Waqa Blake (knee) – Round 12
Haze Dunster (knee) – season
Ray Stone (knee) – season
Taane Milne (concussion) – Round 12
Tevita Tatola (concussion) – Round 12
Mark Nicholls (ankle) – Round 12
Cameron Murray (shoulder) – Round 12-13
Jed Cartwright (back) – Round 14
Latrell Mitchell (hamstring) – Round 15
Zane Bijorac (knee) – Round 16
Michael Chee Kam (back) – Round 21
Jacob Host (shoulder) – season
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Andrew McCullough (thumb) – Round 12
Josh McGuire (groin) – indefinite
Jaydn Su’A (ankle) – indefinite
Sitili Tupouniua (head knock) – Round 12
Victor Radley (ankle) – Round 19
Renouf Atoni (knee) – indefinite
Sam Verrills (collarbone) – indefinite
Chanel Harris Tavita (Testicle) – Round 12
Bayley Sironen (osteitis pubis) – Round 13
Josh Curran (knee) – Round 13
Tom Ale (knee) – mid-season
James Tamou (thumb) – Round 12
Jackson Hastings (foot) – Round 12
Daine Laurie (knee) – Round 12
Luke Brooks (hamstring) – Round 12
Jacob Liddle (head knock) – Round 12
David Nofoaluma (concussion) – Round 12-13
Adam Doueihi (knee) – Round 14
James Roberts (back) – Round 15
Tommy Talau (knee) – Round 21
Shawn Blore (ACL) – season