Penrith Panthers fullback to have surgery to injured pectoral muscle
Source: Fox Sports
The Penrith Panthers have suffered an early season injury blow with Lachlan Coote set to miss the rest of the season after injuring his pectoral muscle.
Coote was taken from the field after just 11 minutes in his side’s 28-18 loss to Wests Tigers after an attempted tackle on Tim Moltzen went wrong.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary had moved Coote from his usual fullback slot to five-eighth for the start of the 2013 NRL season and the decision looked to have paid immediate dividends after the club’s 32-10 win against the Raiders.
Panthers junior Blake Austin along with Luke Walsh are the most likely to take the number one jersey for the rest of the year.
Penrith will look to rebound from the shock of losing one of their key playmakers in round three of the season when they host the South Sydney Rabbitohs who are riding high after their thrilling two-point win against Cronulla on Monday night.