Boyd Cordner is officially out of the round one clash versus the South Sydney Rabbitohs, according to the man himself on NRL.com.
The report mentions that the shoulder injury keeping him out of this game will require surgery at the end of the season, which is concerning on two levels:
1) This could be a recurring injury that will flare up throughout the season, meaning he’ll miss games here and there; and
2) He’s been under the knife more times than last night’s steak.
On the first point, I had Boyd pencilled in as the cornerstone of my Dream Team: perfectly priced and set to play increased minutes with a starting spot and the vice captaincy, his value was set to shoot through the roof. But with this, I may have to rethink my plans for the rest of the season.
I was set to trade for him in Round 2 but might not now…
Like Ron Burgundy deciding whether to save the woman he loves or write the story of his career at the San Diego Zoo, I am in a pickle.
But more concerning is the injury itself to the cornerstone of the Roosters pack for the next 10 years.
He’s done well to come back from injuries already in his career, and at just 20 years old (the NRL report has the wrong age) has had more stitches and staples than first grade games.
By now he must be used to it but seriously, what is he going to be like at the age of 28?
After two knee reconstructions and a broken jaw, he’ll now have to get a shoulder operation at the end of this season. He could have arthritis by the time he’s 40.
And shoulder injuries tend to recur throughout a player’s career if not properly fixed or rehabbed. Just ask Kurt Gidley.
But he’s tough as a three-day-old shit in fierce sunlight, so hopefully he can find a way to make it through this season. And let’s hope the surgery doesn’t need to become reconstructive anytime soon.
The 22-year-old was named on an extended bench on Tuesday and has been in outstanding form during the trials.
But damage to the AC joint in his right shoulder which will require surgery at the end of the season, will sideline Cordner who has been tipped as a bolter for NSW this year.
“It’s so disappointing to miss round one, especially a game like this, but I should be right for round two,” Cordner said.