Ri­val clubs left to deal with curse of in­juries

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - PAUL MALONE

THE Cow­boys and Bron­cos have con­tained dam­age of in­juries to key play­ers, but now they can see how their ri­vals go with sev­eral big names hurt at the week­end.

Mel­bourne will miss Cameron Smith for as lit­tle as one match with a pec­toral in­jury, but Bris­bane’s next op­po­nents, Par­ra­matta, yes­ter­day lost Clint Guther­son with a sea­son- end­ing knee in­jury.

The Cow­boys won their past four matches played with­out the in­jured Johnathan Thurston and six of their past eight, with­out their cham­pion half­back, who is out for the sea­son.

The Bron­cos ex­pect full­back and cap­tain Dar­ius Boyd ( bro­ken thumb) back for their away clash against Par­ra­matta on Fri­day night and play­maker An­thony Mil­ford has weath­ered two matches for two wins since a shoul­der in­jury threat­ened surgery for him.

Cronulla play­maker James Maloney will miss as many as three weeks af­ter surgery yes­ter­day to re­pair a bro­ken bone in his hand.

The Roost­ers will again be with­out co- cap­tain Jake Friend for their clash with North Queens­land on Satur­day at Al­lianz Sta­dium.

Guther­son will have surgery soon for a rup­ture to his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment of his left knee.

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