Storm’s Drinkwater out for three months

Melbourne Storm full-back Scott Drinkwater will miss three to four months after scans confirmed he ruptured his right pectoral muscle on Saturday night.

The rising Storm star was in the frame to replace Billy Slater at full-back this season after playing in both Storm’s trial games and impressing over the pre-season.

Melbourne Storm’s Scott Drinkwater (right) will miss three months with a pectoral injury.Credit:AAP

Drinkwater scored a try in the first half of the club's trial on Saturday but later went down injured in the 14-6 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys in Mackay.

The early diagnosis was a rupture and scans back in Melbourne proved that correct with Drinkwater to see a surgeon this week to decide when he will have surgery to repair the injury.

The Storm have stocked up on full-backs in recent seasons so they have Jahrome Hughes, who has played in the role before and looked a steady hand, while young flyer Ryan Papanhuyzen has shown plenty of pace as an attacker while still learning the position.

The best-case scenario for Drinkwater would be a return in June although pec injuries can take longer to recover from, depending on how quickly a player can regain their strength and their game conditioning.

The Storm open their NRL season against the Brisbane Broncos at AAMI Park on March 14.

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