In a immense stroke for Manly's top-four hopes, superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic has suffered a fractured cheekbone and whitethorn not instrumentality until the finals.
Trbojevic suffered the wounded during Manly's 56-10 triumph implicit the Eels past night, successful a precocious collision with teammate Jason Saab.
The nine initially allayed fears of immoderate superior harm but it has since been revealed the fullback volition miss astatine slightest 2 games arsenic helium races the timepiece to beryllium backmost for the post-season.
The setback could besides beryllium devastating for Trbojevic's Dally M hopes.
"Tom Trbojevic has a fractured cheekbone," Nine's sideline newsman Emma Lawrence revealed during Nine's sum of the Knights' triumph implicit the Sharks this evening.
"So, helium volition miss games against Canberra and the Bulldogs astatine the precise least.
"A immense stroke for the Sea Eagles."
Commentator Mat Thompson added: "Well that's different twist successful the make-up of the apical four."
Despite the No.1 leaving the tract successful the 74th minute, the Sea Eagles initially cleared Trbojevic of thing serious.
"Fullback Tom Trbojevic besides suffered a sound to the cheekbone," a nine connection read.
"Fortunately, the deed was connected a sheet that helium has from a erstwhile fracture which prevented a superior wounded from occurring.
"Tom has immoderate swelling and bruising astir the site."
Trbojevic scored a effort and had 4 effort assists, 2 line-breaks, 5 line-break assists and 5 tackle busts, portion helium besides racked up 187 metres.
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