Manly’s injury crisis has deepened with fears Andrew Davey could miss the rest of the season after he injured his left knee in Saturday’s 26-12 loss to the Rabbitohs.
The back-rower was caught awkwardly in a tackle in just the fourth minute and was helped off by two trainers in his first start since coming across from the Eels.
He was seen leaving Lottoland in crutches with his left leg in a brace, prompting fears he had ruptured his ACL.
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Andrew Davey’s first start for Manly was cut short by a knee injury. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Davey has been an inspirational story for older players who might have thought their chance to play in the NRL had passed them by after he made his debut at the ripe-old age of 28 last season.
It’s a cruel blow for the off-contract forward who would have been desperate to impress his coach in search of an extension.
“That’s fate sometimes,” Des Hasler said. “He had some really good goals, and I thought what he provided last week was a real spark so we’re going to miss him. He’s so competitive as well.”
Davey earned his start after regular back-rower Curtis Sironen was ruled out on Friday with a knee injury that is likely to sideline him for at least a month, while Haumole Olakau’atu will also be missing for an extended period after he dislocated an elbow playing reserve grade last week.
“It’ll be tough, but it’s only early days,” Hasler said following his side’s second loss to start the season.
“It’s only Round 2. As long as we keep the level of competition that we had tonight … we’ve got to maintain that and get some players back on the field.
“Sometimes these things have a habit of playing out where the season starts out pretty hard, but we’ve just got to ride through it at the moment.”
Utility Josh Schuster looms as a left field option in the back row after he was forced to play on an edge on Saturday night.
“I thought he was admirable. I thought he did a good job. He was handy and we’re going to need it,” his coach said. “We probably need to invent another back-rower.”
Originally published asCruel blow for veteran as Manly’s injury crisis deepens
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