It’s a loss that will hurt the Knights!
Confirmed…. Aidan Guerra looking at a possible four-month stint on the sidelines.
The backrower suffered a dislocation and fracture in Saturday’s loss to Manly and went in for surgery on Monday.
Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown admits it’s not as bad as first thought, but still a lengthy time without one of their senior leaders.
“He’s roughly four months they’re saying at this stage,” said Brown.
“No-one likes to see it, especially your own team mates, but as it turns out, it’s not the worst case it could have been.”
Despite the devastating blow, Brown added he’s in good hands on his long road to recovery.
“Aidan will look after himself well, he’ll recover well,” he said.
“Got a wife and a couple of young kids at home to keep a good eye on him.
“Probably ship his mum and dad down at some stage knowing Aidan.
“He’ll be in good hands and we’ve got good staff that will look after him.”
As for his replacement… there’s a couple of options.
Brown not yet quite sure who that will be.
“Not 100 per cent sure, we’ve named Sione (Mata’utia) on the extended bench, we’re not 100 per cent sure if he was going to be ok or not,” Brown explained.
“Herman has gone back to reserve grade and played quite well the other day so there’s a couple of options there we can look at.”
Meanwhile Kurt Mann is set to miss at least one more week.
The 26-year-old is battling a sternum injury and won’t be ready for the Knights clash with the Titans on Easter Sunday.
“Not quite right yet unfortunately,” confirmed Brown.
“He’s probably going to miss one more week, maybe two but definitely miss another week.
“Bit unfortunate for Kurt but I’ve got a few of those guys who have picked up minor injuries.
“The minor ones aren’t great for us when we’re trying to build some combinations but it’s the ones like Aidan that hurt us.”