Gold Coast are reeling from more injury news after confirming ex-Queensland lock Ash Harrison will miss another six weeks with a neck fracture.
The Gold Coast Titans are reeling from yet more injury news after confirming ex-Queensland lock Ashley Harrison will miss another six weeks with a neck fracture.
Harrison missed last Friday night’s 22-8 NRL loss to Brisbane as he recovered from a head knock suffered against South Sydney the previous round.
However, scans on Tuesday revealed Harrison had also suffered a small crack at the base of his neck in the same heavy tackle that had left him concussed.
Titans medical staff were concerned when Harrison’s neck soreness did not settle after the last round loss to the Broncos and ordered scans.
Harrison is not expected to return before round 17 but two byes reduces the amount of games he will miss for an already depleted Titans.
Regular hooker Paul Carter will replace Harrison at lock in Saturday night’s home clash with New Zealand Warriors.
“It’s obviously disappointing, especially when we are missing a few of the other boys but I have been in the game long enough to roll with these disappointments and I have faith in the team to be in finals contention when I get back,” Harrison said.
“The positive thing is the timing of our byes is handy and it could have been much worse.”
The Titans are already scrambling after again losing Kevin Gordon (knee) for the Warriors clash.
Gordon and Harrison join an injury list that also boasts five-eighth Aidan Sezer (pectoral tear, 12-16 weeks).
Ex-Test frontrower Luke Bailey replaces Queensland Origin prop Nate Myles and Beau Henry chimes in for Sezer, combining with returning No.7 Albert Kelly (hamstring).
The Titans are also waiting on Test forward Greg Bird to return from suspension.