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Gold Coast Titans back-rower Ben Ridge will undergo surgery on his left pectoral today after he tore the muscle during his side’s 22-12 trial win over the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday.
The injury means Ridge will be ruled out for 12-16 weeks and could only make his return as early as round eight.
The luckless 25-year-old said he was devastated with the news following his wretched run with injuries.
“It’s pretty hard to swallow, not just after the run of injuries I’ve had but after such a tough pre-season we’ve had to endure and getting myself in the best shape I’ve probably been in,” Ridge said in a club statement.
“But there’s nothing I can do about it but work hard on my rehab and get back as soon as I can.
“I’d never felt keener going into a season, having so much enthusiasm around the place with new teammates who I was looking forward to playing with, as well as good mates who have been at the Titans for a while.
“It was pretty tough happening so early in the match, especially with my parents [who live in Roma], other family and friends at the game. I just hyper-extended my arm making a tackle and it went.
“I just have to knuckle down again and work hard until I’m right to play.”
The Titans play their final trial match against North Queensland on February 21 and begin their NRL season against Wests Tigers in Robina on March 7.