Ben Barba, Lachlan Coote and David Williams just some of the big names hurt in pre-season.
The first ever NRL Auckland Nines might have been declared a success in terms of how it was received by fans but several teams will be counting the cost of the pre-season tournament.
Cronulla Sharks star Todd Carney went home early for scans after tearing the same hamstring that sidelined him from last year’s finals loss to Manly.
Representative stars Mitchell Pearce (knee), Ben Barba (ankle) and Dave Taylor (ankle) all had their participation abbreviated, but none are expected to be in any danger of missing the season openers.
However, new New Queensland Cowboy Lachlan Coote will miss the entire season after tearing his ACL, while Manly winger David Williams is suspected to have suffered a similar fate.
“There are trials as well,” Coote said.
“It could have happened in trials. We have another trial next week and it could have happened then. It is disappointing and footy is a cruel game.”At some stage it happens in every footy players life.”
Luke Keary (suspected pectoral)
David Williams (possible ACL)
George Jennings (arm/wrist)
Lachlan Coote (ACL – six months)
Curtis Sironen (fractured foot – six weeks)
Mitchell Moses (shoulder)
Michael Chee-Kam (elbow – six weeks)
Jarrod Mullen (hamstring)
David Taylor (ankle)
David Stagg (knee – 2-6 weeks)
Todd Carney (hamstring)
Ben Barba (ankle)
Kyle Feldt (hamstring)
Isaac Lui (knee)
Dylan Farrell (concussion)
Mitchell Pearce (knee)