Newcastle halfback Jackson Hastings may not even be fit to return next week should the Knights keep their season alive against the Warriors on Saturday afternoon.
That is according to Newcastle coach Adam O’Brien, who told reporters there is a possibility Hastings’ injury is serious enough to keep him sidelined.
“Potentially. I’m not across everything just yet, but potentially,” O’Brien said when asked if Hastings could spend more time out with what he described as a “quite significant” injury.
“I think there could have been a little bit more damage to it.”
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Hastings had only returned from a syndesmosis injury last weekend against Canberra when he went down after reaggravating an ankle issue in the 30-28 win.
While other teams may struggle without their starting halfback, O’Brien said he was confident Adam Clune would be a seamless replacement having previously filled in the halves this season for Newcastle.
“He’s a quality player Jackson,” O’Brien said.
“I won’t understate that, I don’t want to downplay it. But what I will talk about is what Adam Clune’s done for us in some pretty big games at the back end of this season.
“There were games that felt like semi-finals and Adam came in and did a great job.”
The Knights will also be without Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder) and Daniel Saifiti (hamstring) on Saturday, with Dylan Lucas and Brodie Jones taking their place.
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Elsewhere, Craig Bellamy said both Xavier Coates (ankle) and Jahrome Hughes (calf) are “a chance” of suiting up to play Penrith in next week’s preliminary final.
“I think Jahrome has a better chance than Xavier at the moment,” added the Storm coach after Melbourne’s 18-13 win over the Roosters.
“Until they start running we won’t know. Xavier is still in a boot. That said, I’ve seen guys in boots for seven days and then they’re playing two days later.”
Storm skipper Christian Welch said in the case of Hughes it would be a case of weighing up whether it is worth the risk if he is not 100 per cent.
“I think he’s a good chance [next week],” Welch said on Triple M.
“I think there was just a big risk of re-injury last night. I think we could have maybe strapped him up but I think he just didn’t want to put the team under pressure if it did go, so I guess we’re going to be facing a similar question [next week] and I guess that’s going to be up to Bellsa and Jahrome about what the risk appetite is there.
“The upside of having Jahrome play and then also the chance your seven gets injured and all of a sudden your bench rotation is getting disrupted a bit. Not sure what the coach will go with but a guy like Tyran Wishart really stepped up really well tonight. A good problem to have.”
FULL CASUALTY WARD
Xavier Willison (leg) — TBC
Corey Horsburgh (suspension) — 2024
Josh Papalii (biceps) — season
Corey Harawira-Naera (seizure) — indefinite
Elijah Anderson (knee) — season
Ryan Sutton (neck) — season
Jake Averillo (knee) — season
Tom Hazelton (abdominal) — season
William Kennedy (hamstring) — season
Teig Wilton (knee) — season
Kade Dykes (knee) — season
Dale Finucane (biceps) — season
Brenko Lee (ankle) — season
Jeremy Marshall-King (shoulder) — season
Tom Gilbert (shoulder) — season
Robert Jennings (knee) — season
Sam Verrills (shoulder) — season
Tanah Boyd (shoulder) — season
Erin Clark (shoulder) — season
Beau Fermor (knee) — season
Jayden Campbell (knee) — season
Phil Sami (foot) — season
Isaac Liu (finger) — season
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Taniela Paseka (knee) — season
Cooper Johns (biceps) — season
Josh Aloiai (shoulder) — season
Reuben Garrick (back) — season
Tom Trbojevic (pectoral) — season
Matt Lodge (knee) — season
Karl Lawton (shoulder) — season
Xavier Coates (ankle) — TBC
Jahrome Hughes (calf) — TBC
Jonah Pezet (hamstring) — finals week two
Ryan Papenhuyzen (ankle) — season
George Jennings (knee) — season
Dean Ieremia (knee) — season
Aaron Pene (ankle) — indefinite
Daniel Saifiti (hamstring) — TBC
Jackson Hastings (ankle) — TBC
Lachlan Fitzgibbon (shoulder) — TBC
Krystian Mapapalangi (shoulder) — season
Bailey Hodgson (shoulder) — season
Jayden Brailey (knee) — season
Jeremiah Nanai (shoulder) — season
Valentine Holmes (suspension) — season
Semi Valemei (knee) — season
Tom Chester (knee) — season
Taylan May (knee) — season
Jarome Luai (shoulder) — finals week 3
Tyrell Fuimaono (hip) — season
Cody Ramsey (illness) — season
Jaydn Su’A (shoulder) — season
Jack Bird (shoulder) — season
Paul Momirovski (shoulder) — finals week two
Joseph Suaalii (concussion) — finals week three
Joey Manu (hamstring) — finals week three
Daniel Tupou (knee) — finals week three
Naufahu Whyte (knee) — indefinite
Connor Watson (knee) — indefinite
Sitili Tupouniua (neck) — indefinite
Shaun Johnson (calf) — finals week two
Luke Metcalf (hamstring) — season
Valingi Kepu (foot) — season
Ali Leiataua (hamstring) — season
Demeitric Sifakula (ACL) — season
Triston Reilly (knee) — season
Charlie Staines (hamstring) — season
Luke Brooks (calf) — season
Adam Doueihi (knee) — season