Roosters young guns Victor Radley and Sam Verrills have suffered feared ACL tears in the space if 15 minutes at Bankwest Stadium, prompting a verbal complaint over the venue’s playing surface from club trainers.
Radley grabbed at his right knee, screaming out in agony, as he went down untouched in the eighth minute against the Dragons on Friday night.
The 22-year-old managed to limp from the field after several minutes of treatment from the Roosters medical staff, though the nature of Radley’s injury had the club fearing the worst.
« They believe the worst at the moment, that it could be an ACL. » NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler reported of Radley’s injury midway through the first half.
He was joined in the sheds 14 minutes later by Verrills, who went down without any contact with another player as well.
The usual scans and assessments will be required for both Radley and Verrills before any diagnosis is confirmed.
Verrills too was assisted from the field by Roosters staff after moving to step off his right foot, only to clutch at his right knee and go straight to ground.
At this stage no formal complaint has been lodged by the Roosters, but the club’s trainers passed on player complaints about the « stickiness » of the Bankwest Stadium turf to the NRL ground manager.
The NRL had already moved Thursday’s Panthers-Rabbitohs clash from Campbelltown Stadium to Kogarah due to concerns over the venue’s playing surface after several more games than usual were played at the ground.
NRL head of football Graham Annesley said head of office was comfortable that injuries to Manly’s Tom Trbojevic, Dylan Walker and Brad Parker were not caused by the Campbelltown surface.
Bankwest Stadium has also seen plenty of traffic since the start of a resumed NRL competition, with three games scheduled over each of the past two weekends and another three slated for round eight.
Immortal halfback and former Roosters halves consultant Andrew Johns was particularly concerned about Radley’s plight and the impact any lay-off would have on the Roosters team structure.
Since Cooper Cronk’s retirement and the arrival of young playmaker Kyle Flanagan, Radley has taken on more ball-playing duties in 2020 and been a key component of the Roosters’ impressive form since the competition’s re-start.
« He links the side from side to side, you can see Trent Robinson, he knows how important he is. »
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