Marty Kennedy will get surgery on his knee and will be out for at least eight weeks, according to the Roosters.
A source confirmed on Monday the potential that the players in the dressing sheds feared the front-rower would face three months out, but 26 Rounds ridiculously never got around to drafting the story (sorry, source).
The injury — a hyper-extension — when Krisnan Inu dived at the tryline with Kennedy’s leg in the way. The contact bent his right leg back and forced the front-rower to immediately fall to the ground and yell in visible agony — or as a mate who texted the writer said: “he’s screaming his dog hole off.”
However, despite writhing around and howling like a banshee the prop was able to stand and walk off, with commentators marveling at either MK’s toughness to stand up or his ability to scream in the face of a nothing injury.
Well, it turned out the injury was something, and that the dude is fucking tough: to be able to walk on a knee that requires surgery is no easy feat.
It’s a crying shame for Kennedy, who had just been named 18th man for the Queenslanders over Maroons stalwarts and former Roosters Ash Harrison and David Shillington, and had returned to near his best after a series of leg injuries robbed him of 2011 and his effectiveness in 2012.
In the three games prior to his injury he’d run for over 100 metres in each game, including a 12 run, 160 metre performance against the hapless Eels.
A potential replacement, Kane Evans, has also been ruled out for 2-3 weeks with an ankle injury, but ridiculous second-tier salary cap laws would have prevented him from making a debut unless the Roosters were granted a waiver anyway.
But Jared Waerea-Hargreaves returns just in time for the Roosters, and the injury to Kennedy may pave the way for increased game time for either Isaac Liu or Dylan Napa.
From the Roosters:
Marty suffered a knee injury in the final moments of Friday night’s win over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium, with the prop hyperextending it while making a tackle.
The injury requires surgery and will see the 64-game prop miss 8-12 weeks of NRL action. The surgery will determine the full extent of the injury.
Kane suffered an ankle injury in last weekend’s NSW Cup match for Newtown, against Cronulla.
Kane will have scans this week which will determine the extent of the injury and how long he will be out of action, if at all.