UPDATE: Danny Levi has had surgery on his ankle and is set to miss “six to eight weeks” with the injury.
The nib Newcastle Knights hooker picked up the injury in Friday’s win over the Roosters with scans revealing he has damaged his deltoid ligament.
This ligament forms the medial part of the ankle joint.
Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples said Levi is set to have more scans this week to confirm a timeline for his return.
“Still conforming a little bit more detail around it but it’s looking like a 6-8-week injury,” Cupples said.
“He’s done a fair job on his deltoid ligament with his ankle. We’re getting a bit more detail and follow-up scans today and some other opinions and then we will work out a pathway, return to play.
“It’s tough for Danny. He’s been playing really well. We’ll make sure we get him back ASAP.”
Mitchell Pearce is managing a groin injury but will be right to face South Sydney next week, while Slade Griffin (knee) and Aidan Guerra (ankle) are the other players still on the mend.
Near the halfway point of the season, injury-wise it’s a good spot for the club to be in.
“In terms of health we still have a few long termers with Slade and Dos working really hard to get back,” Cupples said.
“By and large, really happy with how we’re tracking medically and health wise.”
Injured players and expected return dates:
Aidan Guerra (Ankle - Late season)
Slade Griffin (ACL - Late season)
Danny Levi (Ankle - Round 16-18)
Mitchell Pearce (Groin - Round 13)