Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has been ruled out of the ANZAC Test and from NRL action indefinitely after scans revealed his hip/gluteal injury to be worse than initially thought.
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Gallen played through pain against the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Roosters, but sat out the Sharks’ win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Sunday.
Despite missing Sunday’s game the injury showed no signs of improvement, meaning he has been ruled out of Cronulla’s clash with Penrith this weekend as well as the Australia-New Zealand ANZAC Test in just over a week’s time.
“The injury is worse than we thought initially and I’m not sure at this stage when I will be able to return. Obviously we will get the best medical treatment and advice and I’ll be back as soon as possible,” Gallen said in a club statement.
“I’m certainly out this weekend and I’ve called Tim Sheens to inform him I won’t be right for the Test Match.”
The injury comes as a major blow for both the Sharks and Kangaroos, with Gallen a certain selection for both sides when fit.
Gallen is also just three matches away from reaching the milestone of 250 NRL games.