Manly young gun Tom Trbojevic out for 6-8 weeks with ankle injury

Tom Trbojevic had to be helped from the field on Saturday night after injuring his ankle.
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Tom Trbojevic had to be helped from the field on Saturday night after injuring his ankle.

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley can officially rule Manly bolter Tom Trbojevic out of an Origin call up for the series opener with the young fullback set to miss up to eight weeks due to injury.

The Sea Eagles' star suffered a syndesmosis injury to his left ankle in the side's round 10 NRL loss to Brisbane, and scans have revealed he won't be able to play for the next six to eight weeks. 

The syndesmosis is a joint in which bones are joined together by connective tissue. Injuries to the ankle joint are often referred to as high ankle sprains. 

Despite the large recover period, with the 20-year-old also having an MCL (medial collateral ligament) sprain in his left knee, the ankle injury was not as bad as anticipated

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"We feel extremely lucky given the nature of the mid-air tackle as it had the potential to be a lot worse,'' Manly coach Trent Barrett said.

"To lose Tom for up to eight weeks is very disappointing. However, we aim to continue to play well and improve our position on the table.

Trbojevic, who was thought to be a sure pick to make his State of Origin debut on the wing for the Blues in Origin 1 on May 31, will be unavailable for the first two matches of the series, but is on track to be available for the final match on July 12.

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