Injury update: Ross setback explained, Moga success

The nib Newcastle Knights copped a fair few bumps and bruises at last week’s trial match against the Dragons.

That was to be expected… but the good news is the squad came through unscathed.

Unfortunate though for fan favourite Nathan Ross, he’ll be looking at six weeks on the sidelines.

The 30-year-old injured his finger at training.

“Mid last week, Nathan was catching some footballs post session and accidentally copped one at a wrong angle, so he suffered a compound dislocation of his finger,” said head of physical performance Balin Cupples.

“It’s a relatively minor injury where he could splint up and play but due to his injury history with that finger, through years of playing footy, there is a six-week recovery.

“With a hand injury you can do plenty of training, so we’ll keep him working hard.”

No more modified training for Tau Tau Moga.

The Knights centre has resumed full training as he makes his comeback from an ACL injury.

“No modifications around training with contact or load wise,” said Cupples.

“He’s gone back in to his first training with the team this week and hasn’t missed a beat.

“His timing has been really good, he has had plenty coming at him with traffic and space and dealing with opposition.

“He scored a couple of training tries which is good.”

Injured players and expected return dates:

Tautau Moga (ACL - Early Rounds)

Nathan Ross (Finger - Early Rounds)

Hymel Hunt (Hamstring - Trials/Round 1)

Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Early Rounds)

Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

Bradman Best (MCL - Round 1)

Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)