Our resident rugby league injury expert, the NRL Physio is back with a wrap-up of the injuries and recoveries after Round 22.
Bevan French is likely to be rested as a precautionary measure for Friday night’s clash against the Knights. It would be a smart call as I have seen with Moylan recently how troublesome lingering hamstring issues can be.
Bird’s shoulder injury is not as bad as first feared. He is expected to miss one to two weeks of football. He will see a specialist this week for expected recovery details.
Talk of Nathan Ross’ season being over may be premature. It is possible to return from transverse process fractures in as little as two to three weeks. It is an extremely painful injury but structurally not as debilitating. I have seen some people refer to this specific fracture as a pain tolerance issue.
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) August 6, 2017
It is a groin tear for the Roosters tall timber. He will have up to six weeks recovery according to the Roosters. With that timeline it is likely a grade 2-3 injury and he would be aiming for four to six weeks.
Sio Siua Taukeiaho
Great news for SST and the Roosters as his open dislocation only pierced the skin and he could play this week. If fractured it would have been four to six weeks recovery.
Dugan has been confirmed with a lateral ligament sprain and no syndesmosis injury. He is a chance to play this week but it is usually a one to three week recovery.
Gavin Cooper and Antonio Winterstein
The best case for both Cooper (calf) and Winterstein (hamstring) is to only miss two games each. Both of them likely suffered grade 1 strains. A grade 1 calf is approximately one to three weeks recovery for Cooper and a grade 1 hamstring strain is likely two to four weeks for Winterstein.
After breaking his jaw in Round 16, Brailey is still two to three weeks away from returning.
The opinions given by the author of this article are given by a qualified physiotherapist, HOWEVER they are based on the information available to the author at the time of publication; are general; and are not based on any formal physical assessment and/or diagnosis by the author. If you believe you may be suffering from an injury similar to one commented on by the author, do not rely on the author’s advice as it may not apply to you – see a qualified physiotherapist for a full assessment, diagnosis and treatment plan.