It’s not as bad as Channel 9 initially implied, but it’s still pretty shit.
Boyd Cordner will undergo surgery for a syndesmosis injury suffered in the 33rd minute against the Cowboys, with the backrower set to be out for between 6-8 weeks, according to the Sydney Roosters.
It’s the second sydnesmosis injury for Boyd in 12 months, but this one doesn’t appear to be as serious as the one he suffered in round 22 last year which kept him out up until the grand final. The injury comes at a time in which he was set to start for the NSW blues, and during a period when the Roosters get the worst possible draw during the Origin period in terms of byes.
The Roosters have a ready replacement in Mitchell Aubusson, who should slot into the second row spot next week when Jennings returns, against the Canberra Raiders, but otherwise the Roosters have the bye after the second two games, meaning the Roosters will be forced to play without their Origin players on two occasions.
That would mean Aubusson — if we are to go on the team named this week — will see a lot of time at centre rather than in the pack.
But back to Boyd: it’s a shitty bout of luck for the young man who has had a wretched run with injuries in his short career. This just flat-out sucks.