Image: Getty Images
Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker is not believed to have suffered a major injury despite being helped from the field in the NRL All Stars match.
The World All Stars centre was taken from McDonald Jones Stadium following a frightening incident in the 30th minute when his left leg buckled under him in a three-man tackle.
World All Stars coach Mal Meninga said the early prognosis was that he had escaped ligament damage and was hopeful he would not spend any time on the sideline.
“It’s nothing structural so we’re keeping our fingers crossed that it’s something behind his knee cap,” Meninga said.
“It might just be a bit of a contusion there. I’m kind of hoping it will be OK.”
Croker immediately looked in pain and pounded the turf in frustration believing he had suffered a serious set back.
With the start of the NRL season just three weeks away, Croker’s loss would have been a body blow for Ricky Stuart’s Raiders who are highly fancied following their second place finish last year.
Croker will now be sent for scans however Meninga said the initial indications were good.
“It’s a bit of a mystery until we get it X-rayed,” Meninga said.
“There’s a bit of swelling there but we’re thinking it’s nothing major.”
Croker was the only player to suffer a potentially concerning injury.
World All Stars captain Jake Friend limped from the field in the first half however later returned and dismissed it as just a cork.
His Sydney Roosters teammate Blake Ferguson also hobbled from the field however told the Nine Network commentary he had suffered a contusion and would be right for next week.