Competition - NRL Premiership
Round - Round 09
Teams - Parramatta Eels v Canterbury Bulldogs
Date - 29th of April 2016
Venue - ANZ Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Photographer - Nathan Hopkins

Mannah cleared of further fractures

Dyldam Parramatta Eels club captain tim Mannah has been cleared of any additional fractures to his shoulder blade following the Blue and Gold’s Round 9 win over the Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Friday night. 

Mannah left the field midway through the opening forty minutes favouring his shoulder, but head Coach Brad Arthur confirmed that scans had ruled out any new fractures, indicating that the Eels prop had aggravated a per-existing fracture to the scapula that had seen him miss 4 weeks of competition.

“Tim will probably miss the next game, but he’d had x-rays and there’s no re-fracture,” Arthur told Saturday Triple M NRL. 

“We just need to give it a little bit longer to heal.”

Fullback Michael Gordon also left the field, with winger Clint Gutherson moving into the fullback role for the second half of the match, but Arthur says the regular number one is expected to run out against the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 10.

“Flash is alright,” Arthur said.

“He’s got a cork so he’ll be alright in a fortnight.”

The Blue and Gold’s next home game will be their Round 10 clash, following the Representative Round, where most of the NRL squad will take some welcome rest days.

“It was a physical contest, especially early,” Arthur said of Friday night’s game.

“There were a lot of sore and tired boys at the end of the game. 9 games in [to the season] and we’ve been playing some tough footy, so I think a few of the boys are ready for a rest.”

Prop Danny Wicks also left the field during the 20-12 win for checks following a possible head clash, but was cleared to return.