Braith Anasta and Gordon Tallis have predicted the Roosters will have next to no chance of winning the NRL Premiership after star half Luke Keary suffered a potential season ending injury on Friday.
Keary suffered a suspected ACL injury in the Roosters' 26-16 loss to the Rabbitohs on Friday night, which is set to rule him out for the rest of the season.
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To compound the issue, the Bondi club are already without co-captains Jake Friend and Boyd Cordner who are sidelined for concussion concerns.
To add to the terrible news is a suspected MCL injury for five-eighth Lachlan Lam, while Lindsay Collins was prone after a sickening but accidental collision with a teammate's elbow.
This prompted Roosters great Anasta to declare the team are in a 'catastrophic' state after only Round 3.
"I think with Keary gone, the Roosters can't win the comp. I really believe that," Anasta said on Fox Sports on Friday night.
"It was all on him. He was the chief playmaker and chief half, No.7 Lachlan Lam was just a supporter, really, and whoever was going to play with Keary was just going to play the supporting role.
"Now they've got to remodel and look at their side. They've got to bring some young players in.
"Any way you look at it, this injury right here and this result tonight, it's catastrophic. Not only season-ending for Keary but for the chances of the Roosters winning the premiership."
The sentiment was echoed from Broncos great Tallis.
"They can probably kiss the season goodbye," he added.
Cooper Cronk added after the match that the injury to Keary was 'earth-shattering'.
Roosters' injury toll climbing
Keary, Lam and Collins have all added to a growing injury toll for the Roosters who could be missing half of their squad for Sunday's Warriors clash, with Cordner, Friend, Sam Verrills and Adam Keighran all sidelined.
In addition, prop Daniel Suluka-Fifita has also been banned for one match for punching Souths' Jai Arrow.
In one of the few bits of good news, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves avoided a charge for his high shot on Latrell Mitchell.
Coach Trent Robinson is likely to call on teen star Sam Walker to move into the halves, while Drew Hutchison is also an option to fill in over the coming weeks until Lam returns.
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