I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the shoulder injury to Boyd Cordner may be more serious than originally thought. I’ve heard from a few sources that the injury requires immediate surgery which will rule him out for three months.
Now keep in mind that this is only what I’ve heard — I don’t have the same inside knowledge that, say, Matty Johns has.
This may very well end up as just a rumour, and we’ll find out more when the teams are picked tomorrow i.e. if he is picked as 18th man again or not picked at all, but from what I’ve heard there is a growing belief among the medicos at the Chooks that the second-rower should get the surgery now.
Either way, if he plays through the injury there’s always the risk that he could do more damage or miss games throughout the season to deal with the pain. If he gets the surgery now he’ll be right for the finals — should the Roosters make it of course.
The injury, picked up in the trial versus the Wests Tigers, was initially thought to be manageable until the end of the season and there was every hope that he’d be able to play in round one.
My sources said he was desperate to play, and Nick Politis was also begging team doctors to allow him to play against the Rabbitohs last Thursday, but team doctors overruled him.
Cordner was reportedly incensed that he was unable to line up against the Roosters’ hated rivals. According to my sources, he said he’d get the surgery following that game if he were allowed to play, and was ropeable when his request was declined.
(On a related note: this is the future captain of the Roosters. Anyone that is willing to risk pain and injury because he wants to destroy the Rabbitohs has got my vote.)
His being ruled out was further compounded when fellow back-rower Luke O’Donnell was also ruled out thanks to a calf injury.
If my sources are correct this would be devastating news for the young fella and the Roosters, who’d hoped he’d form the cornerstone of the Roosters’ back-row this year with Sonny Bill Williams and either Frank-Paul Nuuasala or O’Donnell.
Cordner was also being tipped as a smokey for State of Origin by many pundits.
However, a three-month injury lay off would mean he’d miss the beginning of the Origin rounds at the very least, with any recovery to include coming off the bench.
The 20-year-old has all the tools to be a foundation for the forward pack at the Chooks: he’s tough, tackles all day, runs great holes and has a good array of skills.
He’s come back from two knee reconstructions and a broken jaw, and he’s still only 20. But shoulder injuries can become chronic if not treated properly.
I dearly hope my sources are wrong.