The Sydney Roosters have been hit by the news that Victor Radley is looking at a spell on the sidelines after suffering an ankle injury in last weekend’s win over Parramatta.
The Roosters are priced at 13/10 to finish in the top four of the NRL this season and will now have to cope without their star lock for a spell.
The exact timeline has yet to be revealed as Radley is still waiting to discover if he will need surgery to fix the syndesmosis injury. But even if he avoids surgery he is looking at up to five weeks out.
The news is not only a blow to the Roosters, but New South Wales also with State of Origin fast approaching.
Roosters and NSW captain James Tedesco admits the injury is a big blow for everyone concerned but hopes he can make a speedy recovery.
Injury and suspension ruled him out of both the 2020 and 2021 series and this is yet another setback for Radley.
“For him personally, it is not a great time to get that injury but that’s footy, I guess,” Tedesco said. “He is waiting to learn if he needs surgery or not but it will be at least four or five weeks.
“From Victor’s point of view that is disappointing. He got suspended last year for five weeks and couldn’t be chosen for Origin. He is always on the verge.
“I am pretty sure he is close to getting picked, so hopefully he gets back quick and who knows what can happen.”