Gallen’s injured bicep will not require season-ending surgery.
Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen will play again for the NRL club this season after scans revealed his injured bicep would not require surgery.
Gallen was withdrawn from the field midway through the second half with a torn bicep during the Sharks’ loss to the Newcastle Knights on Sunday, but returned to finish the game despite the injury.
Speculation mounted that Gallen’s season may have been over, however a Sharks official today confirmed that the wouldn’t require surgery.
The 32-year-old will consult a specialist on Monday afternoon when a full diagnosis will be known.
Cronulla Sharks coach James Shepherd yesterday lamented Gallen’s injury, saying both his and Wade Graham’s (collar bone) injuries contributed to the Sharks’ loss.
“It wasn’t planning for Gal to come off,” Shepherd said.
“He is an 80-minute player. He needed a check to sort out the biceps. Wade was the same. It happened together, in a period where we were battling.
“To get them back out there it costs you double interchanges. It happened during a period of the game where we didn’t have the ball or field position. We lost our way.”