Manly superstar Tom Trbojevic has conceded he won’t return for Manly this season — and has all but confirmed he won’t feature for the Kangaroos in the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.
Trbojevic has been sidelined since suffering a shoulder injury in Round 11. The 25-year-old told News Corp in July he was eyeing a shock return for Manly in time for week two or three of the finals and hoped to be considered for the World Cup.
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However, speaking on the Fox League podcast on Tuesday, Trbojevic has put a line through both.
“Nah I don’t think I’ll be back there,” Trbojevic said in regards to a Manly return this season.
“Obviously it all comes down to a medical decision but I’ve still got a long way to go in the rehab process, time is getting shorter and we don’t have long left in the competition.
“I don’t think so but I’ll keep working hard and see where we get to.
“That’s another thing I’m not too sure about,” he added when asked about the World Cup.
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“It’s a medical decision, obviously playing in a World Cup for me is the pinnacle of rugby league — I’ve been lucky enough to put on an Australian jersey four times and there’s nothing more special than that.
“But ultimately I’ve got to be first of all picked in that side and I’ve got to be fully fit.
“We’ll make decisions when we cross those paths but for now I’m just focused on getting this shoulder right and helping out with the Manly boys where I can.”
But when Trbojevic was pressed on whether he had been in touch with Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga, he confessed that his year was likely over.
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“I’m in no conversations (with Meninga). I don’t think I’ll play footy again this year — that’s just the reality of it,” the reigning Dally M medallist said.
“A shoulder injury often takes five months before you’re right and I’m not even two-and-a-half months into it so I don’t think I’m going to be playing again this year.
“But representing Australia is pretty special and you’re jumping out of a hat to do that… so we’ll just wait and see.”