Canberra Raiders captain Jarrod Croker will miss the rest of the 2022 season as a result of a shoulder harm he sustained final month.
Canberra Raiders co-captain Jarrod Croker will miss the rest of the 2022 season as a result of a shoulder harm he sustained final month.
The 31-year-old’s long-awaited return to the NRL resulted in heartbreaking scenes, gingerly strolling off the sphere along with his jersey performing as a sling after trying to forestall a attempt late in Canberra’s Round 9 victory over the Canterbury Bulldogs.
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Croker, who’s simply eight matches away from reaching the coveted 300-game milestone, was enjoying his first NRL match since Round 22 final 12 months.
He was seemingly on the mend earlier than dislocating it whereas reaching for his TV distant at dwelling a number of weeks later.
“Talk about a hard-luck story, he’s a champion player and a champion bloke as well,” 7NEWS reporter Michelle Bishop instructed SEN final week.
“This hardly seems fair, he was set to make his return this weekend against the Eels after suffering a shoulder injury against the Dogs in round nine.
“He didn’t have surgery, he was right to go and told Ricky (Stuart) that he was ready.
“He wasn’t at training from a heavy knock or a heavy tackle, he did it at home just around the house.
“He called the club doctor who came and popped it back in. It was quite a traumatic experience for the family.”
On Friday afternoon, the Raiders confirmed that Croker would require shoulder surgical procedure within the coming weeks, ruling him out of the remainder of the season.
Croker, who’s contracted at Canberra till 2024, has represented the Raiders in 292 matches since making his NRL debut in 2009, sitting second on the membership’s all-time video games checklist behind Jason Croker on 318.
There had been issues he can be compelled into medical retirement final 12 months after present process stem-cell surgical procedure on his knee.
The Raiders will subsequent face the Sydney Roosters at Canberra’s GIO Stadium on Sunday, with kick-off scheduled for 4.05pm AEST.