Our resident rugby league injury expert, the NRL Physio is back with a wrap-up of the injuries and recoveries after Round 25.
As expected, Milford will not play in the World Cup as he will require shoulder reconstruction surgery immediately after the Broncos season is finished. It will likely be a three to six month recovery for him.
NRLCEOs beware. SJ still hasn’t trained this week after pulling up sore in the knee he ruptured his MCL in seven weeks ago. This can be a tough injury to return from due to instability.
Peats suffered a dislocated shoulder last round that will require off season surgery. Pending severity of damage it is a three to six month recovery. He hurt the same shoulder in the trials but at that time it was a fractured collarbone and dislocated shoulder.
Last year’s second top NRLCEO scorer Ryan James will have clean up surgery on his ankle this week, which is usually four to eight weeks recovery. He could possibly be fit for the Rugby League World Cup if selected.
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) August 27, 2017
The Panthers fullback has been confirmed to have a Grade 2 MCL sprain which is usually three to five weeks to return to play.
No fracture for Wade Graham just a significant cork/bruising. He was seen with a moon boot protecting his right calf and lower leg. He underwent scans yesterday and the good news for Sharks fans is that he has been named to play the Knights this week and looks likely to start.
The NSW winger is out for the Bulldogs this week after sustaining a rib cartilage injury last round. He should be fit for the World Cup if selected.
The soon-to-be Tiger is running well at Bulldogs training in return from a calf strain and only needs to get through the rest of training this week to play.
Roberts is having debridement surgery on his shoulder this week which is a more minor reconstruction than Nathan Peats. It is usually a two to four month recovery.
— Tom Fowles (@TomFowles9) August 28, 2017
The Cowboys fullback was pulled early from last week’s game against the Tigers to ice his ankle in preparation for the Broncos.
The Knights twin subluxed his shoulder last weekend against the Raiders which is the same injury as Euan Aitken. Unfortunately this requires shoulder reconstruction surgery and the three to six month recovery sadly rules him out of the World Cup for Fiji.
- Dale Copley suffered a likely Grade 1-2 groin strain on the weekend, which has a general recovery times of 0-2 weeks for Grade 1 and 2-4 weeks for Grade 2.
- Sam Tagatese suffered a minor calf strain, where a Grade 1 injury would be approximately 1-3 weeks to return to play.
- Korbin Sims suffered a fractured ulna (forearm bone) last round. This requires surgery and usually six weeks recovery. This likely ends his season and probably his World Cup chances.
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.