The Manly Sea Eagles have been rocked following the news star fullback Tom Trbojevic will miss the start of the season after an innocuous accident.
Trbojevic has endured a tough two seasons after being plagued with reoccurring hamstring injuries and the latest grade two tear will see him miss at least three weeks of the 2021 competition.
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But the Manly Sea Eagles said the injury, from an "innocuous accident" was to the right hamstring and "is a new injury and is not related to previous injuries to his left hamstring."
"I’m devastated by what’s happened. I will be working hard with the rehab team to get the hamstring right,’’ Trbojevic said in a statement.
The latest injury will be a bitter blow for the fullback, leaving coach Des Hasler with a decision ahead of Round 1 to who will fill in at the No.1 spot.
Broncos winger sidelined with throat injury
The Broncos were also dealt a big injury hit after Daley Copley is facing at least six weeks on the sideline after suffering a throat injury in a trial game.
The 29-year-old underwent a laryngoscopy after scans showed he'd suffered dislocated cartilage and a small fracture during the clash with Wynnum-Manly, which finished in a 22-all draw.
The procedure showed Copley has suffered "significant trauma" to his throat as well as swelling in his airway.
Brisbane head of performance Andrew Croll said Copley will now have to take a complete break from exercise for at least a week before a further laryngoscopy will determine if he needs to undergo surgery.
"He will need at least six weeks out of contact," Croll said.
"We will have to see how it settles to determine on when he can return to low-intensity exercise."
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