Injury update: Surprise news for Lee and Watson

Connor Watson was spotted in a moon boot and using crutches after Saturday’s win over Canterbury but he’s received some positive news.

The nib Newcastle Knights five-eighth has been battling a foot problem and suffered a rupture during the game.

But due to the type of injury, Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples has revealed that a rupture could help Watson make a speedy return to the field and won’t ruled him out from facing St George Illawarra on Sunday.

“Connor managed to finish the game. He’s had a bit of plantar fasciitis over the course of the pre-season and start of the season,” Cupples said.

“Initial scans show he may have ruptured the full fascia which could be a positive for him.

“He’s back walking without crutches and out of the moon boot. If he manages his pain throughout the week, we’ll gradually build his loads and he may be available come the weekend.”

Winger Edrick Lee is battling a similar injury.

Lee was unable to finish the game which was his 100th match in first grade but Cupples said initial signs indicate the injury is on the low end.

“Ed missed that last 15 minutes,” Cupples said of Lee.

“He has a minor plantar fascia strain. Ed is getting scans this afternoon. Hopefully, similar to Connor, we get some positive news.

“He was walking post-game pain free… he may or may not be available this week.”

Injured players and expected return dates:

Aidan Guerra (Ankle - Late season)

Connor Watson (Foot - TBC)

Edrick Lee (Foot - TBC)

Slade Griffin (ACL - Mid-Late season)