Ropati's scans have confirmed his worst fears. ACL rupture - reconstruction required - season over!
Knee injury sidelines Ropati for season
AAPMon, Mar 28, 2011 - 3:44 PM
Warriors centre Jerome Ropati faces knee reconstruction surgery and has been ruled out for the rest of the NRL season.
The 26-year-old was left clutching his left knee after making a desperate tackle on Kiwis team-mate Jason Nightingale during Sunday's 25-12 loss to premiers St George Illawarra in Auckland.
Warriors team doctor John Mayhew said a scan on Monday confirmed Ropati had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).
The Warriors are already reeling from the loss of giant winger Manu Vatuvei, who suffered medial ligament damage to his right knee in the season opening loss to Parramatta.
"Jerome has been reviewed by a surgeon and will be operated on in one to two weeks, once his knee settles down," Mayhew said.
"His recovery period will be about six months, ruling him out for the rest of the season."
Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said everyone at the club felt for Ropati.
"It's devastating for Jerome. I just feel so sorry for him," he said. "Obviously it's a huge disappointment for all of us at the club."
Ropati, an 11-Test international, was making his 130th appearance for the club.
He had been in outstanding form, named the players' player of the day after his two-try performance in the first-round encounter with Parramatta.
Ropati becomes the fourth Warriors player in four years to be struck down by what are usually season-ending ACL injuries.
Fullback Wade McKinnon needed surgery after damaging his ACL in a trial against Newcastle in 2008. It was thought he wouldn't play at all that season but he returned for the final few NRL games.
Centre Brent Tate wasn't so fortunate, an ACL knee injury ending his 2009 campaign just three rounds into the season.
Promising utility Elijah Taylor was also sidelined long-term after injuring his knee in a training session just before the opening trial of the 2010 season.
He recovered in time to play the tail-end of the Junior Warriors' NYC season, captaining the side in the grand final win against South Sydney.
Good little summary on Lawrence, ropati, perrett etc
All updated to our injury list http://www.injuryupdate.com.au/nrl.php
Wests Tigers' Lawrence eyes July return
David Beniuk and Wayne Heming AAPMon, Mar 28, 2011 - 7:21 PM
Scans on Wests Tigers star Chris Lawrence's horror injury have revealed no fracture, meaning he can begin considering a return to the NRL by July.
Lawrence has so far avoided further complications to the painful dislocated hip he suffered late in Saturday night's 34-24 win over Canberra.
The club says if the Test centre is given the all clear by further scans to be undertaken in around six weeks' time, Lawrence can expect to be back in action in late June or early July.
"The hip was successfully manipulated back into place and I'm confident that Chris will make a full recovery from this injury," Tigers doctor Donald Kuah said in a statement.
"He's extremely hard-working and I have no doubt that he'll be 100 per cent committed to getting back on the field as soon as he can."
Test winger Lote Tuqiri will undergo surgery to have a plate inserted into his right forearm on Tuesday morning after X-rays confirmed a fracture to his radius.
He is expected back for the round 11 clash with Penrith at Campbelltown Stadium.
"It's a relatively straight-forward injury that will initially require rest but he will be able to start running in about two weeks and increase his training regime from there," Kuah said.
Tuqiri said the Tigers would still be a force to be reckoned with, even as their left-side attacking force sat on the sidelines.
"You can write us off at your peril, we've got some great players in there at the moment and we've got some good players who'll come in," he told Network Ten.
Sydney Roosters winger Sam Perrett will miss eight weeks after scans confirmed he had fractured his ankle but will not require surgery.
His possible replacement will be Phil Graham, who made a successful NSW Cup return from a torn pectoral suffered in last year's finals series.
Newcastle young gun Beau Henry will undergo further scans after an X-ray showed no fracture in the ankle he injured during Sunday's loss to Manly.
Henry was to have an MRI scan on Monday with ligament damage the new early diagnosis.
Replacement half Ben Rogers (dislocated shoulder) and forward Cameron Ciraldo (pectoral) are both set for lengthy stints on the sidelines with scans still to confirm the extent of their injuries.
Penrith's injury woes have eased with Luke Walsh (shoulder) a possibility of missing just one game and Lachlan Coote cleared of a foot injury.
Their major worry is utility Luke Lewis, who was having an ultrasound on his thumb on Monday afternoon after already undergoing an X-ray.
The Warriors have lost New Zealand Test centre Jerome Ropati for the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The 26-year-old faces a full knee reconstruction.
"It's devastating for Jerome, I just feel so sorry for him," coach Ivan Cleary said.
Parramatta hooker Casey McGuire received some good news on his calf injury and is expected to miss just this weekend's game against North Queensland.
Brisbane will be without fullback Josh Hoffman (shin) for Friday night's clash with the Panthers, while Gold Coast fear Queensland forward Ashley Harrison could miss several games with a hamstring problem.
Is there any news on Nathan Smith's return for the Panthers. I know it is a week by week assessment, however do you have any info from the club.
By the way, great site, only stumbled on it yesterday and has made Dream Team selection a hell of a lot easier.
Panthers will have some walking wounded playing this weekend. Coote, plum and lewis have all been named to play.
Panthers trio fit for Broncos clash
March 30, 2011
PENRITH are hopeful halfback Luke Walsh might miss just one game with the bruised shoulder and fractured collarbone that has ruled him out of Friday night's visit to Brisbane. Club officials said Walsh could be back on Saturday week, when they play Canberra at Centrebet Stadium, and Lachlan Coote (foot), Luke Lewis and Nigel Plum (both thumb) all passed fit to take on the Broncos. Hooker Kevin Kingston will wear the No.7, with Masada Iosefa to start at dummy half.
Brisbane picked Gerard Beale at fullback to replace Josh Hoffman.
Souths and Manly have big names returning for their clash at Gosford on Friday, with Sam Burgess back from a shoulder injury for the Rabbitohs and Sea Eagles co-captain Jamie Lyon recovering from a hamstring problem.
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Parramatta recalled centre Joel Reddy to replace Chris Walker (hip) against the Cowboys on Saturday, while Carl Webb will make his Eels debut off the bench.
Newcastle, who host the Dragons on Sunday, listed Wes Naiqama at fullback, returning captain Kurt Gidley at five-eighth and veteran Adam MacDougall at centre.
The Roosters named Justin Carney on the wing for their blockbuster against Wests Tigers on Sunday. He replaces Sam Perrett (ankle), while Mitchell Aubusson starts at centre.
Meanwhile, the four players charged out of the weekend round have all entered early guilty pleas. Souths' Eddy Pettybourne will be suspended for three games (dangerous throw) and the Eels' Fuifui Moimoi for one match (high tackle). Aubusson (dangerous throw) and Glenn Hall (high tackle) both avoided suspension.
Named to play but didn't train well enough. Wesser is out as well
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Liam Fitzgibbon AAPWed, Mar 30, 2011 - 1:57 PM
South Sydney backrower Sam Burgess will have to wait at least another week before making his return from injury, after the Englishman was ruled out of Friday night's NRL clash with Manly in Gosford.
Rabbitohs coach John Lang on Tuesday named Burgess in his side to face the Sea Eagles, raising hope the big forward could make an earlier-than-expected return after injuring his troublesome shoulder in the opening-round loss to Sydney Roosters.
But Burgess will be given more time to recover, with fullback Rhys Wesser to also miss Friday's game with a hamstring problem.
"It would have been good to have him back but we knew it was only a question mark as to whether we'd have him back," captain Roy Asotasi said.
"We weren't expecting him back for another three weeks so we'd rather just let Sammy be 100 per cent rather than half guessing if he's right or not."
Asotasi was hopeful Burgess could be right for the following week, as Souths are in the same boat as many clubs and are already battling a hefty injury and suspension toll.
"I'm hoping so, we've been pretty unlucky but the injury toll at all clubs has been pretty bad," Asotasi said.
"We're hoping that whoever comes into the side can do the job."
Winger Nathan Merritt is the leading candidate to fill in for Wesser at the back, while Test and Queensland veteran Michael Crocker will most likely move into the starting side for Burgess
Out for up to 6 weeks with ligament damage to his ankle. No fracture though which is good news.
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No change needed for Sika despite injury
Melissa Woods AAPWed, Mar 30, 2011 - 4:54 PM
Storm coach Craig Bellamy will resist changing the playing style of bullocking second rower Sika Manu despite another serious leg injury.
The New Zealand international will miss their next NRL clash with the high-flying Bulldogs - he's out for up to six weeks with torn ankle ligaments, following a badly broken leg in 2009 and hamstring problems.
Bellamy said the amount of defenders needed to bring down Manu contributed to his injuries, but that wasn't something he wanted to change.
"There's not much point in him just going to ground as soon as he gets in the contact, I could go out and do that," Bellamy said.
"He's still making metres and going forward, that's the competitive nature of Sika, he just wants to go as far as he can.
"He's had a wonderful start to the season for us and he's hard to handle and I'm sure the opposition coaches tell their players, 'When he runs, get some numbers in the tackles there'."
"It's a body-contact sport and that's what Sika does well so we're not going to stop him from doing that."
Melbourne's other injury concerns, second rower Kevin Proctor (face) and winger Matt Duffie (shoulder), and Dane Nielsen (concussion) are available for selection for their second successive Monday night game, this time against the Bulldogs.
Their heavy loss to the Cowboys was their fifth Monday night defeat in succession, a statistic Bellamy was neither aware of nor concerned with.
"I didn't realise that, it's not such a great record," he said.
"But I don't think records really mean too much, we'd beaten the Cowboys the last seven or eight times we'd played them and that didn't mean anything on Monday night."
Bellamy said he didn't have time to list all the things that disappointed him in their performance, but defence was top, which he described in part as "embarrassing".
He forecast some personnel changes, but wouldn't give away whose head was on the block.
While the Storm excelled in their opening two rounds, the North Queensland loss was a confidence blow, particularly when the unbeaten Bulldogs were their next challenge.
"They're on top of the competition and playing really well," Bellamy said.
"They've got a lot of good players there, a couple of ours in Steven Turner and Aiden Tolman, and I know what they give the team.
"I imagine they're really enjoying their footy at the moment and will come down here full of confidence."
Lyon a chance, D Williams is named to play but might be struggling with a knee injury (scans pending), rose has a cork but not considered serious
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Jamie Lyon a chance for Souths clash
30/03/2011 4:56:35 PM
Manly co captain Jamie Lyon has made a good recovery from a hamstring injury and is a chance of playing against the South Sydney Rabbitohs at BlueTongue Stadium in Gosford on Friday night.
Lyon has missed the last two matches against the Roosters and the Knights after being injured in the first round loss to the Melbourne Storm in Melbourne.
“I’m a chance of playing on Friday – tests later in the week will tell,” Lyon said today.
In further anticipated good news there is also a chance giant centre/winger Tony Williams may be right to play after being a late withdrawl from the Newcastle match at Brookvale Oval on Sunday with an ankle injury.
In a curerent up date of injuries the Sea Eagles medical staff today issued the following report:
David Williams: Knee injury (scans today).
George Rose: corked thigh not considered serious.
Vic Mauro: back strain not considered serious.
Brett Stewart: head wound not serious.
Shane Rodney underwent a shoulder operation last week and will be sidelined for 10-12 weeks.
Any news on Harrison and how long he will be out for??