Injury update: 'He had an operation, had a plate inserted'

Pasami Saulo has been dealt a blow ahead of the 2019 season opener.

The forward picked up a hand injury last week which required surgery.

The youngster is now recovering and targeting a return in the early rounds of the season.

“Unfortunately, he reeled out of a tackle and came away with a fractured fifth metacarpal in his hand,” Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples explained.

“Unlucky for Pasami this close to the season.

“He had an operation, had a plate inserted.

“Initial diagnosis was 4-6-week injury. We hope the plate will strengthen the hand up and we should see Pasami around that Round 4-5 mark.”

WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW FOR MORE INJURY NEWS – INCLUDING AN UPDATE ON SLADE GRIFFIN

Injured players and expected return dates:

Pasami Saulo (Finger - Round 4-5) 

Nathan Ross (Finger - Early Rounds)

Mason Lino (PCL - Early Rounds) 

Jacob Saifiti (Leg - Early Rounds)

Slade Griffin (ACL - Indefinite)

Brayden Musgrove (ACL – Early Rounds)