The Roosters have proven they can win without Sonny Bill Williams. They now have to prove they can win without Boyd Cordner.
According to a statement on the Roosters’ website:
Boyd Cordner has tonight undergone surgery on a left ankle injury sustained in last night’s 28-22 win over the Raiders at Allianz Stadium.
The vice-captain suffered the injury to his left ankle in the 65th minute of the win and was carried from the field and taken for scans immediately.
It is expected that Cordner will be unavailable for 6-10 weeks.
Cordner was carried from the field in the 65th minute on Saturday, and Brad Fittler said on the Footy Show that he’d suffered a syndesmosis injury. Don’t know what a syndesmosis injury is? Neither did I, until I read on Orthogate.org that:
In an ankle syndesmosis injury, at least one of the ligaments connecting the bottom ends of the tibia and fibula bones (the lower leg bones) is sprained. Recovering from even mild injuries of this type takes at least twice as long as from a typical ankle sprain.
Cordner is one tough cookie though, playing the majority of the season with a sprained AC joint suffered in the preseason. He’s missed just the opening game of the season due to that injury, and this writer will bank on him being back on the short end of that diagnosis i.e. six weeks, or the second round of the finals series.
UPDATE: Cordner posted this image following the surgery:
At least he’s up, taking selfies.