Cowboys co-captain ACL injury confirmed
North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott will miss the remainder of the 2017 National Rugby League season after scans confirmed he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.
The 31-year old forward was forced off the field late in the second half of Friday’s epic golden point extra time round two derby clash between the Cowboys and Broncos at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
Speaking about the injury to Scott, Cowboys coach Paul Green said, “It’s obviously a huge blow for Matt and he’s understandably devastated.”
“He will have surgery then start his rehab, and knowing the type of player and person he is, he will approach his recovery in the same dedicated way he trains and plays … with 100 per cent commitment.”
Scott is out of contract at seasons end though has been linked with a move to the Newcastle Knights.
Meanwhile, Scott’s injury is not the only concern for the premiership favourites with winger Antonio Winterstein suffering a broken wrist, fullback Lachlan Coote tearing his calf muscle and prop Scott Bolton concussed during Friday’s derby clash.
Winterstein and Coote are likely to miss between three and six weeks while Bolton will undergo concussion tests to determine if he will be able to play this weekend.
Adding to the injury concerns, the Cowboys other JT – Jason Taumalolo has been issued with a grade one shoulder charge infringement notice for his big hit in the 27th minute on Bronco forward Alex Glenn.
Cowboys officials have opted to contest the charge which carries a 1-2 week suspension after the reigning Dally M medallist wasn’t reported during the match.
North Queensland will be looking for three consecutive wins to start the season for the first time in 10 years when they host the Manly Sea Eagles at Townsville on Saturday night.