New South Wales coach Brad Fittler had to come up with a contingency plan after star full-back James Tedesco sustained a knee injury in the Roosters’ loss to the Raiders last week.
Tedesco attended the Roosters annual awards ceremony on Wednesday in a knee brace and said he hoped to be out of the bracket “in a few weeks”.
With game 1 in three weeks, any setback could rule him out from the series opening game.
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Fittler has reportedly earmarked Melbourne’s Ryan Papenhuyzen and possibly Parramatta’s Clint Gutherson, who is already set to play at the centers, as replacements.“At this point, you will likely find he will be fine, but Freddy Fittler and Greg Alexander are sure to review contingency plans.” The daily telegraph Dean Ritchie told Big sports breakfast On Wednesday.
“Ryan Papenhuyzen is, I understand, the guy who should come in should Tedesco step down and that would give Clint Gutherson a real focus as Tom Trbojevic is not available.
“However, if they choose Zac Lomax in the right center, Gutherson can potentially start with the full-back.
“There are certainly a couple of options for Freddy … Teddy should be fine at this point, but Papenhuyzen and Gutherson should be ready because a seat at the full-back and center right might be available.”
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In the meantime, the Sharks will start their 2021 campaign without Shaun Johnson and promising striker Royce Hunt.
Johnson had surgery on a broken Achilles and the club has confirmed that they are considering a nine month recovery in order to win him over for a possible return to Rounds 8-10.
Hunt also watches the same recovery time after breaking his patella.
Fellow striker Siosifa Talakai will have shoulder surgery in the off-season and could miss the 2021 opening rounds after a breakout season this year.
In some positive news for the club, hooker Blayke Brailey will be ready to go after surgery on an ankle injury.
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COMPLETE INJURY BY CLUB
Kotoni Staggs (Knie) – 2021
David Fifita (ankle) – origin 1-2
Tevita Pangai jnr (resigned) – out of season
Jack Bird (ACL) – low season
Corey Horsburgh (foot) – indefinite
Emre Guler (ankle) – indefinite
Ryan Sutton (Knie) – Saison
Curtis Scott (Leg) – Season
Andre Niko (Knie) – Season
Josh Hodgson (knee) – season
Bailey Simonsson (shoulder) – season
Jayden Okunbor (ACL) – 2021
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Blayke Brailey (ankle) – 2021
Matt Moylan (thigh) – 2021
Shaun Johnson (Achilles) – Runde 8-10, 2021
Royce Hunt (Knee) – Round 8-10, 2021
Siosifa Talakai (Schulter) – 2021
Bronson Xerri (suspended) – indefinite
Cameron King (ACL) – 2021
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Erin Clark (compassionate vacation)
Tom Trbojevic (shoulder) – 2021
Jorge Taufua (Broken Achilles) – 2021
Brendan Elliot (Knie) – 2021
Moses Suli (foot) – 2021
Manase Fainu (stand / shoulder) – indefinite
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Tom Eisenhuth (stressed calf) – Final week three
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Max King (suspended) – four games
Marion Seve (Knie) – Season
Connor Watson (Achilles) – 2021
Jayden Brailey (knee) – 2021
Valentine Holmes (suspension) – Origin II
Michael Morgan (Kalb) – 2021
Maika Gray (Knie) – 2021
Michael Jennings (resigned) – indefinitely
Peni Terepo (personal vacation) – indefinitely
Charlie Staines (thigh) – indefinite
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James Roberts (chest) – indefinite
Ethan Lowe (neck) – season
Tom Amone (Knie) – Season
Braidon Burns (knee) – season
Latrell Mitchell (thigh) – season
Ben Hunt (suspension / hip) – origin I.
Jack de Belin (resigned)
James Tedesco (knee) – origin I.
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Victor Radley (knee) – 2021
Sam Verrills (knee) – 2021
Billy Smith (Knie) – 2021
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Leeson Ah Mau (Brust) – 2021
Taane Milne (knee) – 2021
Jackson Free (Knee) – 2021
Bunty Afoa (Knee) – 2021
Moses Mbye (knee) – origin one
Josh Aloiai (Knie) – Season
Billy Walters (knee) – season
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