NRL: Greg Inglis expects South Sydney teammate Adam Reynolds to miss just three weeks due to a shoulder injury suffered in Origin II.
ADAM Reynolds revealed how his shoulder wanted to keep popping out as he sweats on MRI scans clearing him of serious injury.
Reynolds flew out of Brisbane on Thursday with his arm in a sling and had an MRI scan in Sydney.
The NSW No.7 told The Daily Telegraph about the pain he felt after being collected by Queensland’s Aidan Guerra in what appeared a straightforward tackle just before the hour mark on Wednesday night.
“The initial thoughts were it was pretty bad, but the way it’s feeling this morning, it doesn’t feel too serious,” Reynolds said.
“The MRI scans will tell the story.
“I got tackled when I kicked and I landed on it. From there it went numb and I had pins and needles. It felt like it wanted to keep coming in and out.
“I tried to stay on, but if I had stayed on, I would have let the team down by not making tackles. Fingers crossed.’’
Reynolds played on for five minutes before he was forced to come from the field.
His absence is not only a big blow for the Blues, but any game time missed by the little No.7 will also cruel South Sydney’s chances of turning around their spluttering season.
Reynolds broke his jaw in the opening round of the NRL season, and worked around the clock to give himself just the right amount of time to win his first Blues’ jumper. He was not letting the latest setback get him down.
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“That’s the joys of rugby league, you ride the highs and lows, unfortunately I’m going through a low with injuries, but there will be some light at the end of the tunnel,’’ Reynolds said.
Blues halves partner James Maloney said it was tough for Reynolds, and his early exit was noticed as NSW tried to scramble for late points.
“It’s shattering for him, and hopefully it’s not long term,’’ Maloney said.
“I thought he was doing a good little job, he set up as nice try (for Tyson Frizell), and when we were trying to get there and chase points late in the game, we lost him and it made it that little bit harder to try and organise everyone and get things on. That was disappointing.’’
While Daley is likely to try and source another halfback — Mitchell Pearce, Josh Reynolds and Jack Bird are just some names in the back of his mind for game three — Souths coach Michael Maguire will need to rely on Luke Keary, who only this week announced he would link with bitter rivals the Sydney Roosters next year.
Keary is likely to partner Greg Inglis in the halves for the trip to the foot of the mountains.
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