A defiant Daly Cherry-Evans insists Manly’s season will not be outlined by Tom Trbojevic’s health after the famous person fullback suffered a groin harm within the win over Wests Tigers.
The second-placed Sea Eagles will spend Monday sweating on the results of scans on Trbojevic’s groin, after he pulled up lame on an attacking run and was taken from the sector.
Manly are hopeful the 26-year-old has solely twinged a muscle and isn’t destined for a protracted interval out on the sideline.
NSW State of Origin officers will really feel likewise, with the collection opener in Adelaide little greater than 5 weeks away.
Manly have grown bored with having Trbojevic’s health questioned this season, however gamers are additionally properly conscious of the membership’s current report with out the 2021 Dally M winner.
The Sea Eagles have received 18 of 53 video games with out Trbojevic because the begin of 2019, at a strike charge of 34 per cent.
That quantity pales compared to the 34 of 51 they’ve received with him in the identical time, at a charge of 66.67.
Manly are additionally six factors higher off in assault and eight factors higher in defence with Trbojevic on the sector.
Statistically talking, the 14-point swing with Trbojevic on the sector is larger than the affect Andrew Johns had at Newcastle and Johnathan Thurston had at North Queensland.
However Cherry-Evans was adamant Manly may carry out with out their star No.1, as exhibited by the best way they got here from behind with him off the sector towards the Tigers.
“That is the primary time it has occurred this yr. And the best way we completed the sport there, we defended so properly,” Cherry-Evans stated.
“It confirmed that we cared and we wished to complete off for one another.
“No matter who’s on the market, we are attempting to construct that mentality into our sport, and I felt like we did that tonight.
“Yeah, we’re going to miss him if he does not play. As a result of he is a vital a part of our workforce.
“However I feel tonight confirmed that we will attempt to flip a web page on the subject of Tom doubtlessly enjoying or not enjoying, we’re simply going to maneuver ahead.”
Trbojevic was up and strolling in Manly’s changeroom afterwards with an ice pack on.
Manly face Gold Coast on Saturday night and Brisbane the next Friday.
“I’m positively fearful about him when he goes off the sector,” Cherry-Evans stated.
“However Tom is so aggressive and so powerful, it’s going to take a good bit to maintain him out. The preliminary studies are it isn’t too unhealthy.
“I’m certain they’ll do the very best factor for the workforce. However Tom is a troublesome fella, and if he can play by way of it he’ll play by way of it.”
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