Panthers teammates troll Josh Mansour over graphic injury

Josh Mansour’s Penrith teammates have brutally trolled the unlucky star after he copped a gruesome cut to the eyebrow.

But the unlucky winger took it all in his stride.

The winger was caught by an elbow from Jordan Rapana after kicking late in the Panthers’ win over Canberra on Sunday.

Blood immediately flowed from the deep cut above Mansour’s right eye, but the incident brought back scary memories for the 28-year-old.

He missed significant time earlier this season after he had his cheekbone broken by a knee to the face.

Images captured on the sidelines showed the raw extent of the damage.


Josh Mansour’s eyebrow was opened right up by the elbow of a rival player. Pic: Getty

Thankfully he will be alright, with stitches closing the wound and ensuring he will likely play this week.

But his attempt to thank Penrith fans for their support came at a heavy price:

The trolling was led by James Maloney, but all the players soon joined in:

Mansour had scored the try that put the Panthers ahead with under 10 minutes remaining as they came from behind to beat the Raiders 40-31 in a high-scoring shootout.

While the win kept alive their hopes of securing a double chance in the finals, Penrith coach Anthony Griffin was more concerned about their defensive deficiencies.

The win came a week after also flirting with danger in a historic comeback against Manly.

After watching his team enter halftime down 26-12, Griffin took solace from a second-half performance in which they limited the Raiders to just five points.

“The game goes for 80 minutes” Griffin said.

“I’d prefer to get it done a little bit better at the moment but we’re getting it done and we’re building. We know we’ve got to improve but we did a good job to get that done tonight.

“If we’re getting behind and rolling over and having ugly losses, there’d be a lot more things to worry about.”

The Panthers’ left edge continues to be a cause for concern, with much of the Raiders attack zeroing in on veteran playmaker Maloney.

The NSW State of Origin pivot missed 10 tackles but responded with a try, two try assists and three linebreak assists.

Second-row partner Viliame Kikau also missed five tackles but Maloney believes the team’s defensive issues weren’t limited to one flank.

“In general, there’s a concern but we’ll fix that,” Maloney said.

“We were better this week than what we were last week. We’ll be better again next week, we’ll keep working on those things and we’ll have it right in the next month.

The Panthers have a gruelling final month before the finals, including road trips to meet Gold Coast, the Warriors and Melbourne.

Maloney admitted he’s only just beginning to recover from the recent Origin period, when he picked up a couple of niggling injuries that have hampered his recent form.

“I woke up and the body didn’t hurt as much this week,” Maloney said.

“I said to my missus I’m excited to play. I think that’s a good sign. Hopefully a few niggles that have been bugging me are behind us.”

with AAP