Clubs count cost after brutal round one

Clubs count cost after brutal round one Written by GREG PRICHARD, March 7, 2016

PARRAMATTA fullback Michael Gordon was still smiling at training on Monday despite the ugly “zipper” between his eyes – because he knows he’s one of the lucky ones after a weekend of carnage for NRL players.

The long list of players who picked up injuries that will keep them out for extended periods was headed by Ben Henry (Warriors), who faces another season on the sidelines with a knee injury, John Sutton (South Sydney), who will be out for 16 weeks with a torn pectoral muscle, and Canterbury hooker Michael Lichaa, who is facing up to 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Other players sidelined for at least the immediate future include Penrith’s James Segeyaro (broken arm, six-to-eight weeks), Cronulla’s Paul Gallen (knee, up to six weeks), Canberra pair Blake Austin (knee, four-to-six weeks) and Aidan Sezer (fractured eye socket, four-to-six weeks) and Brisbane’s Jordan Kahu (thigh, four weeks), while South Sydney’s Adam Reynolds is out for six weeks after fracturing his jaw, pending surgeon consultation.

Gordon sustained a nasty cut when he tried to tackle Brisbane winger Corey Oates in Thursday night’s season opener and copped a boot to the face. A trainer taped his head so that he could continue playing.

“I went in to tackle him low and his leg slipped out and I copped the back of his boot,” Gordon tells RLW.

“There was nothing in it, it was just purely accidental. I thought it was just my nose that was busted, it wasn’t until after the game when I took the strapping off and I saw there was a fair gash there. I’ve got four stitches in it, but it’s all good and I’ll get on with this week now.”

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