David Klemmer will have his hand in a brace for the next three to four weeks.
The nib Newcastle Knights enforcer picked up an injury in the opening game of the 2019 State of Origin series while playing for NSW.
Knights Head of Physical Performance, Balin Cupples, said the prop was unaware of the injury until he joined his Club team in camp ahead of last week’s match against South Sydney.
He is now on the road to recovery.
“Dave suffered an injury during the Origin time,” Cupples said.
“He was unaware after the game and the showed up to our preparations into the game last week and had some swelling.
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“Had some scans and it was found he has a small non-displaced fracture of one of his carpel bones.
“He will be in a splint for three to four weeks to promote the heeling and then we’ll get a gage after that period how quickly he can get into his contact and football skills.
“A positive for Dave is he’s able to do a lot whether it’s conditioning wise, running wise, we’re able to keep him in high strong physical status over this next little block to ensure when he does get the green light, he’s ready to go come return for us.”
Meanwhile, Aidan Guerra is on the comeback trail from a nasty ankle injury.
The veteran returned to team training this week and is ahead of schedule in his return to the field.
“In the next few weeks, which is a bit ahead of schedule, we should see Aidan return to play,” Cupples said.
“He’s been phenomenal through his rehab process.”
Finally, forward Josh King has been battling a nasty cork.
The local product suffered a whack to the leg three weeks ago and it’s been causing him grief, restricting him to the sideline.
“Josh suffered an innocuous knock against Norths. It is a corked based injury,” Cupples explained.
“It significantly blew up. It’s probably one of the worst contusions I’ve seen.
“… we should see Josh return to play very soon.”
Injured players and expected return dates:
Aidan Guerra (Ankle - Late Rounds)
Slade Griffin (ACL - Late season)
Danny Levi (Ankle - Round 16-18)
David Klemmer (Wrist - Round 16-18)
Josh King (Leg - Round 13-14)