The Gold Coast Titans have defeated the Cronulla Sharks18-12, with Paul Gallen going down injured to add to the Sharks’ woes.
CRONULLA skipper Paul Gallen will have urgent scans today to determine whether his season lays in ruins.
Gallen said he heard a ‘’crack’’ on Monday night when cut down with a serious ankle injury during his side’s 18-12 loss to Gold Coast at Remondis Stadium.
He sustained syndesmosis and will have an MRI to determine when he returns and whether he will miss State of Origin I on May 28 in Brisbane.
Gallen sustained the injury when tackled by Titans players Matt White and Luke Bailey in the 31st minute.
He immediately waved his arms in pain before being assisted by two trainers up the stadium’s tunnel.
He left Remondis Stadium late on Monday night on crutches and in a moon boot.
The injury could keep Gallen out from a fortnight to four months, depending on its severity.
Sydney Roosters centre Michael Jennings sustained a similar injury to Gallen in 2011 and missed seven weeks. Team-mate Anthony Minichiello had to have surgery with the same injury in 2009 and missed four months.
And Ben Baraba suffered syndesmosis last year and was out for five matches.
“Something cracked – I knew I did something straight away,” Gallen said. “I did the same thing in a trial match in either 2006 or 2007.
“I’d like to be back in three to four weeks. That is what I am thinking anyway.
“I could feel it (the ankle) get stuck. It is one of those things.
“It’s a terrible way to start the season.”
Asked did he fear missing Origin I, Gallen said: “That’s too far away. That’s not an issue.”
Gallen missed six weeks when he initially injuring his ankle in the 2006 trial match.
“But I don’t think it’s as bad as that,” he said.
Anything over seven weeks would just about rule Gallen out of Origin I. He would also miss the Australia-New Zealand Test in early May.
NSW coach Laurie Daley is also montioring weekend injuries to NSW candidates Brett Stewart and Kurt Gidley.
Generally, a grade one is two to four weeks, grade two is six to eight weeks, a grade three is three to four months after surgery.
There was nothing sinister in the tackle, Gallen’s leg simply buckling under the pressure.
“It’s syndesmosis – how bad it is we don’t know,’’ said Sharks coach Peter Sharp.
“We will get a scan. He is a tough man but was in discomfort – that is a bit of a worry.
“We are wounded. That makes it tough but no excuses.”
Cronulla’s Wade Graham was equally concerned.
“We all know how tough he is – fingers crossed,” Graham said.
The result was disappointing for Sharp, taking over again this year from the suspended Shane Flanagan. For Gold Coast, it was a solid first-up victory.
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