Knights Injury and Suspension Updates

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  1. rhugh89

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    Round 23 injury update: Forward boost, will Ponga play?


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    Mon 13 Aug 2018, 05:40 PM



    Will Kalyn Ponga take the field against Penrith this weekend?

    nib Newcastle Knights Physical Performance Manager, Tony Ayoub, certainly thinks so.

    While the Club has toyed with the idea of resting the fullback, who has been nursing an ankle injury, Ayoub said Ponga trained on Monday and is recovering better than first expected.

    "He's pulled up pretty good this week," Ayoub, said.

    "He injured it two-three weeks ago and it was pretty nasty there for those few days.

    "He got up for that North Queensland game and played tough.

    "He's got better each week, there's no doubt about. We expected after a couple of flights over the last couple of weeks, it probably wasn't going to be great.

    "We spoke about resting him but it has pulled up better than we expected.

    "From my perspective, I think we're in a good spot with Kalyn. I don't think it's as bad as we thought it was going to be this week. I would like, hopefully we'll get him up for the game."

    In a further boost to the team, veteran forward Jacob Lillyman could be set to return from injury.

    Retiring at the end of the season, Lillyman missed last week's game against the Warriors with an abdominal/groin issue but is pushing for a Round 23 return.

    "He had a really positive day (on Monday)," Ayoub said.

    "He's in a really good spot at the moment. He jumped in and did some skills which I didn't expect for him to do.

    "If he pulls up well, we'll throw him in on Wednesday.

    "Next week we definitely think he'll be right but if we got him back this week it would be a bonus."

    Finally, Connor Watson has missed the previous few games with a groin issue but looks set to make his return against Cronulla in Round 24.

    "He's progressing well," Ayoub said.

    "It's too much of a risk to try and get him up for this week's game."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL, Season)

    Slade Griffin (Knee, Season)

    Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder, Indefinite)

    Nathan Ross (Groin, Indefinite)

    Connor Watson (Groin, Round 24)

    Jacob Lillyman (Abdominal, Round 23-24)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au...-injury-update-forward-boost-will-ponga-play/
     
  2. Frank McWilliams

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    Besides the 6 listed above who most would expect to be in 1sts, we have Allwood, Naden, Lamb, Stone out injured making 10'of our top 30 missing due to injury, that's 1/3 of our squad this week and likely to be carrying Ponga and Pearce not completely fit. Injuries have not been kind.
     
  3. Still_Nutty

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    The Knights are set to finish the season among the NRL also-rans after having their premiership campaign largely hi-jacked by injury

    It’s the telling statistic that lays bare why the Newcastle Knights are not in finals contention and will finish among the NRL also-rans in 2018.

    Six of the club’s high profile recruits, brought in this season to bolster a wooden spoon roster, have missed a staggering 46 games between them through injury heading into Saturday’s clash with the Penrith Panthers.

    The club’s shocking injury run, which has claimed outside back Nathan Ross as its latest victim, has meant coach Nathan Brown has been forced to use a total of 28 players over the course of the season.

    Strike centre Tautau Moga heads the list of new recruit casualties, having missed 17 games since suffering a season-ending knee injury in round four against St George Illawarra in Wollongong.

    Even more crucial was the nine games co-captain and chief playmaker Mitchell Pearce was sidelined for after he ripped his pectoral muscle off the bone against the Wests Tigers in Tamworth in round 7.

    Five-eighth Connor Watson [7 games], prop Jacob Lillyman [6], hooker Slade Griffin [5] and fullback Kalyn Ponga [2] have also been sidelined at various times with Griffin unlikely to be back on the field before the middle of next season after tearing the ACL in his knee for a fourth time in the Knights’ round 16 loss to the Bulldogs.

    Significantly, Pearce, Watson and Ponga, the Knights most potent attacking strike force, have been on the field together for just 176 minutes over the course of the entire season.

    The trio played the opening two games against Manly and Canberra which the Knights won before Watson was injured in round 3 against the Roosters.

    They have not been on the field together since.

    Ironically, the club’s three other new recruits this season, Aidan Guerra, Herman Ese’ese and Chris Heighington have missed just three games between them.

    Guerra and winger Shaun Kenny-Dowall are the only players to have played all 21 games while Ese’ese has missed just one through suspension.

    The retiring Heighington, the second oldest player in the NRL behind Cronulla’s Paul Gallen, was expected to be rested at regular intervals throughout the season but has featured in all but two games, mainly due to the club’s injury dramas.

    The injury curse hasn’t just been confined to new recruits.

    Ross has missed six matches including the past two and is highly unlikely to play again this season because of a groin and pelvis issue that he has carried for a big part of the season.

    Another player who will look back on 2018 as a write-off will be towering prop Jacob Saifiti.

    After starting the year in NSW Cup, he fought his way into the top grade but appears set to end the season with just eight NRL appearances to his name, mainly due to a severe shoulder injury suffered against the Titans back in May.

    That’s in contrast to the 39 games he played at NRL level during the preceding two seasons.

    While the Knights appear certain to avoid a fourth straight wooden spoon, a win over Penrith would definitely rule it out.


    https://www.theherald.com.au/story/...that-has-cruelled-the-knights-season/?cs=2503
     
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    Five fined for fighting in Panthers-Knights brawl


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    Sun 19 Aug 2018, 12:35 PM



    Five players have been charged their involvement in Saturday's brawl in the closing stages of Penrith's loss to Newcastle at Panthers Stadium.

    All five will escape suspension but are facing a fine for their part in the melee.

    Panthers trio Viliame Kikau, Waqa Blake and Tyrone May, and Newcastle's Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Danny Levi will pay $1100 if they submit an early guilty plea or risk a $1500 fine if they unsuccessfully challenge their charge.

    Blake was the only member of the five players charged who was not sin-binned.


    https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/08/19...n-penrith-panthers-loss-to-newcastle-knights/
     
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    Injury update: Playmaker’s damaged finger, Watson progress


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    Mon 20 Aug 2018, 03:59 PM



    Connor Watson looks likely to return to the field on Sunday ahead of the nib Newcastle Knights' Round 24 clash with Cronulla.

    The five-eighth has been sidelined with a groin complaint for some weeks but according to Physical Performance Manager, Tony Ayoub, Watson is all but back to peak fitness.

    "He's been training really well and strength is up," Ayoub said of the versatile playmaker.

    "He's been working really hard in the rehab area and he's doing really well.

    "We expect him to do a full training session (on Tuesday) and then we'll reassess it and hopefully he'll be able to take his place this week."

    Playmaker Jack Cogger injured his hand earlier in the season but has been playing through the pain.

    With just two NRL games remaining and the Knights' ISP NSW season over, Cogger is in need of an operation and could be booked in for surgery as soon as the end of the week.

    "He tore a tendon off his little finger quite a few weeks ago (and) didn't tell anyone," Ayoub said of Cogger.

    "Tried to battle through it for a while (and) we missed that window of opportunity to try and get it done acutely and unfortunately for him, he missed it. He's been battling on.

    "We're going to see what Nathan (Brown) wants to do with regards to the halves in the next week or two and if we get the opportunity to clean it up in the next week or two, we'll do that.

    "He's a tough kid. He's battled hard through it."

    Like Watson, veteran forward Jacob Lillyman has been missing for a couple of weeks due to injury.

    Lillyman has been battling with an abdominal issue but appears to have overcome the complaint which has put him in the frame for selection this weekend.

    "That old carcass of his is certainly coming along," Ayoub said.

    "He's going well. He's a champion fella and you want him to finish on a really good note. It's been a tremendous career.

    "He's been working really hard with the fellas in rehab.

    "I expect him to train fully. If he gets through that, I don't see any issues. Hopefully he'll be available for the last two weeks."

    Injured players and expected return dates:

    Tautau Moga (ACL, Season)

    Slade Griffin (Knee, Season)

    Jacob Saifiti (Shoulder, Indefinite)

    Nathan Ross (Groin, Indefinite)

    Connor Watson (Groin, Round 24)

    Jacob Lillyman (Abdominal, Round 24)

    Jack Cogger (Hand, round 24)


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au...te-playmakers-damaged-finger-watson-progress/
     
  6. rhugh89

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    Ponga return, Watson and Fitzgibbon update


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    Mon 27 Aug 2018, 08:07 AM



    The nib Newcastle Knights are already low on troops and after Sunday's loss to Cronulla, their depth will continue to be tested.

    With one round remaining in the regular season, the Knights' spine is hurting.

    Already without Slade Griffin to a season ending knee injury and missing Kalyn Ponga to a pesky ankle issue, Coach Nathan Brown could lose Connor Watson yet again.

    In his return from a groin injury, the five-eighth limped from the field against the Sharks after re-aggravating the area.

    He is now considered to be in some doubt for Old Boys Day against St George Illawarra on Saturday.

    "Connor, if they can get some needles in him and he can play with needles and he's up for that, that'll be the way it'll be," Brown said.

    "If he can't, he won't."

    Ponga has been in a moon boot all week in a bid to get the ankle under control.

    When asked about the likelihood of Ponga returning to the field for the last game of the season, Brown was hesitant.

    "I'd say he'd be extremely doubtful," Brown said of Ponga.

    "Whether that changes or not next week, we'll see.

    "We certainly won't be putting him out there if there's any long-term risk.

    "We'd love him to play all the same but we'll wait and see."

    Should Watson and Ponga be ruled out, Jack Cogger will come back into contention.

    The half has needed surgery on his hand after damaging tendons earlier in the year but delayed the operation.

    "He's toughed it out," Brown said.

    "Surgery can wait another week if need be."

    Lachlan Fitzgibbon was concussed in Sunday's game and failed to return to the field.

    He'll need to pass the concussion testing during the week but Brown is optimistic that the backrower will be fit to play.

    "Hopefully he'll be okay for next week," he said.


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/08/27/ponga-return-watson-and-fitzgibbon-update/
     
  7. Beaumont

    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Ayoub's latest update re Griffin. More surgery and should be ready to start 9-12 months rehab come October. No season 2019.
     
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    What a blow, that's brutal news.

    Back to market for another hooker to partner with Levi, or does Brown throw Starling in the deep end for 2019?
     
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    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I'm assuming no 2019 Ayoub didn't say that. I figure if he needs 9-12 months rehab starting October it didn't need to said.
     
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    Now the threads about Lino, Luke and Frawley make sense.
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Time for Slade to hang up the boots boy ain't cut out for NRL sadly.
     
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    I wonder if we get to put another player into the top 30 list if he is out for the year?
    I don't mind paying him and giving him resources for rehab, but it would be nice if he wasn't taking up a top 30 spot when 30 barely seems enough already.
     
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    Its not looking good for him. His contract ends next year and it looks like he is very unlikely to play in that time.
    He also has to think about being able to walk when he's older.
     
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    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Waiting for bones to set hard enough so they can put screws in. Sounds a long way from being right to even train.
     
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    Ponga to have surgery on ankle


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    Thu 13 Sep 2018, 09:42 AM



    Kalyn Ponga is set to have surgery on his troublesome ankle ahead of the 2019 pre-season.

    The nib Newcastle Knights fullback will have an operation on Thursday to fix the injury which kept him sidelined at the back-end of the year.

    The operation is expected to keep him off his feet for a fortnight.

    Should he gain selection in the Australian squad for the October 27 Test against New Zealand in Auckland, he should be available to play.

    "I'm not banking on it to be honest," Ponga told The Newcastle Herald.

    "I really want to concentrate on just getting my ankle right."

    Ponga missed four of the last eight games of the season due to the injury.

    He was unable to play in wins over Parramatta [Round 17] and Gold Coast [Round 18] or losses to the Cronulla and St George Illawarra in the remaining rounds.


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/09/13/ponga-to-have-surgery-on-ankle/
     
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    ^^^^After reading Toohey's article re Ponga's ankle surgery, it just goes to show what a tough bugger he is as well ^^^
     
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    Or how mismanaged our number one player asset has been, should never have been considered playing and rehab started for 2019, nothing to be gained.
     
  18. Billy

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    I think he'll get the fullback of the year, and is a slim chance to get the Dally M, so it might have been worth it.
     
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    Well it was assumed he just had a rolled ankle. As Toohey wrote the other day, the surgery revealed born spurs & a ruptured ligament. Either way, he's supposed to be sweet in a couple weeks so fortunately it doesn't seem as bad as it sounds.
     
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    Let's hope he can rest the rest of the year with no more footy.
     

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