Sydney Roosters don't blame NZRL over injury

JAMES MACSMITH
Last updated 12:34 03/12/2013

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Sydney Roosters say they have no issue with the New Zealand Rugby League despite Roger Tuivasa-Sheck suffering a suspected broken leg in the World Cup final after he was cleared to play.

Tuivasa-Sheck was a late inclusion for the Kiwi side that was trounced 34-2 by the Kangaroos in the final in Manchester. But after being cleared of a fractured leg, he suffered a broken leg in his first hit-up of the game.

The superstar winger is facing an extended stint on the sideline and the injury has raised concerns over the value of care he received under the NZRL medical staff.

A lax approach to injuries in the tournament even prompted a tweet from former Roosters medico Dr John Orchard who wrote: "rugby league in general should be putting a higher priority on medical and injury issues."

But Roosters football boss Brian Canavan said the premiers are happy with the level of care Tuivasa-Sheck received.

"We had been in close contact with the Kiwis and were monitoring his case day-by-day," Canavan told AAP.

"Craig Walker, who is also on our staff was working with the Kiwis and we are happy the correct procedures were followed.

"He was right to go ... unfortunately it was just one of those things."

"We are satisfied every precaution was taken."

Early diagnosis had the International Winger of the Year out for three months, which would rule him out of the Roosters World Club Challenge with Wigan on February 22 in Sydney, and even the first few rounds of the 2014 NRL season.

Tuivasa-Sheck will have scans in London on Tuesday and Canavan said it was hoped he would not be out for that long.

"It could be three months or it could be three weeks," he said.

"We will know more when the scans are done but until then everything is just speculation."

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