The father of Sydney Roosters forward Angus Crichton has revealed the representative star has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Earlier this month, Crichton was granted personal leave from the Roosters pre-season trip to Queenstown, New Zealand in order to deal with personal issues.
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Crichton has not been sighted during the pre-season trial matches against Melbourne and Manly.
But in a statement to Channel 9 News, Crichton’s father Charlie revealed why the 27-year-old had taken time away from the game.
“I can confirm today that Angus is under appropriate professional support and treatment for medically diagnosed bipolar disorder which he has been dealing with for sometime,” the statement read.
“He is full supported by his family, his management and the Sydney Roosters club as he works towards recovery.
“While no timeline has been set for his return to Rugby League, we will continue to trust his medical team and know those with the Rugby League community will respect his right to privacy during this time.”
Earlier in the day, Nine’s Danny Weidler reported Crichton is expected to miss at least six weeks before returning, including the first four weeks of the season.
“Privately, the Roosters are hoping to have him back on the field in six weeks, but that may be the best-case scenario,” he said.
Crichton, who had been suspended for a match during the World Cup final for a raised elbow on Chanel Harris-Tavita, was a member of Australia’s successful World Cup campaign.
He also played two State of Origin matches for NSW last year.
Crichton has played 87 matches for the Sydney Roosters, including winning the 2019 premiership after moving from his former club the South Sydney Rabbitohs.