The struggling Sharks may lose its influential skipper for the rest of the year.
Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen could miss the rest of the NRL season following reports he may have seriously injured his biceps during the Sharks’ loss to Newcastle yesterday.
Gallen was withdrawn from the field midway through the second half, but returned to finish the game despite the injury.
According to Fairfax, the New South Wales captain had scans after the game which showed bicep damage and it was expected that Gallen would undergo more scans at hospital on Sunday night.
“He got a whack on his biceps,” Cronulla coach James Shepherd said.
“We’ll see what the MRI’s say.”
Shepherd lamented Gallen’s injury, saying that 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.”