Dragons forward Jaydn Su’A faces an extended period on the sidelines after scans revealed the Queensland Origin star suffered a syndesmosis injury in the brave Anzac Day win over the Roosters.
Meanwhile, St. George Illawarra have confirmed Jack Bird will await scans on a suspected broken arm after he also failed to finish the second half against the Tricolours.
Bird was substituted at half-time of the momentous 14-12 win and was seen on the sidelines in a sling after the match.
While Su’A was not named in the team list this week, the Dragons caused confusion when Bird was listed at five-eighth for Sunday’s clash with the Tigers in Wollongong.
The club released a statement on Tuesday declaring the 26-year-old had been sent for further scans with hopes he will be cleared to take the field this weekend.
“Scans have confirmed a syndesmosis injury for Su’A. A return-to-date timeframe is yet to be determined,” the statement read.
“Bird requires further scans on his forearm after taking no part in the second half against the Roosters. He will be named in the Dragons’ Round 8 squad.”
Talatau Amone looms as the obvious replacement for Bird in the No. 6 should he be omitted this weekend.
Anthony Griffin also named Jayden Sullivan on his reserves list despite the exciting playmaker suffering a head knock in the NSW Cup over the weekend.
Sullivan has been nearing a call-up to first grade over the last fortnight after dominating for the Dragons’ reserves and if cleared, he could come onto Griffin’s bench if Amone replaces Bird.
The Red V will be chasing their third straight win against the Wests Tigers who themselves are chasing three successive victories after an exhilarating one-point win over South Sydney last week.
Meanwhile, the Su’A injury could have ramifications for Melbourne’s hopes of luring Tariq Sims early.
The NSW Blues back rower has signed for the Strom for 2023 but the club have reportedly sounded the Dragons out over an early release.
As highlighted by The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio on SEN 1170, the Red V will be reluctant to let Sims leave with Su’A expected to be out for at least the next month.
“Tariq Sims has been named as Jaydn Su’A’s automatic replacement in the back-row,” Riccio said.
“As we know, Sims has signed with the Melbourne Storm for next year.
“I believe if Su’A is out for an extended period there’s no chance, absolutely no chance that the Dragons will let Sims go early to join the Melbourne Storm.”