Robbie Farah’s immediate future could be determined on Sunday.
Robbie Farah’s immediate future could be determined on Sunday.

Farah sweats on scans as career hangs in balance

Robbie Farah remains positive his NRL career won't be ended by a knee injury as the retiring veteran sweats on scans on Sunday to determine his immediate future.

Farah went down three times in the opening 25 minutes of Saturday night's 18-16 loss to Canterbury, before eventually limping from the field and not returning.

The initial fears are that the 35-year-old has hurt either his medial ligament or suffered meniscus damage as his leg tangled with Lachlan Lewis in a tackle.

 

 

Robbie Farah’s immediate future could be determined on Sunday.
Robbie Farah’s immediate future could be determined on Sunday.

A medial sprain usually sidelines players for between one to six week depending on its severity, while a meniscus issue is generally cleared quicker.

Regardless, Farah has just four regular season games and a possible finals campaign remaining until he hangs up the boots on his 17-year career.

The Tigers will also wait on scans on captain Moses Mbye's quad, after he was hurt in warm up and then again in the opening stages of Saturday night's loss.

And while coach Michael Maguire was unsure on Mbye's fitness, he said both he and Farah were confident his injury wouldn't close the curtain on a 302-game career.

"I'm sure Robbie will be back," Maguire said.

"He won't let that finish him, for sure. He will get his scans. He was pretty positive in there. But at the end of the day we need to go and get a scan.

 

The Tigers have their fingers crossed over Farah’s injury.
The Tigers have their fingers crossed over Farah’s injury.

"Fingers crossed we get a bit of decent news on that."

Farah rarely comes off the field, as exemplified by the fact he twice got up and attempted to play on after seeking treatment.

"He stayed out there but it just got the point where he couldn't keep running," Maguire said.

"Credit to him. He stayed out there and just didn't want to come off. But obviously it got to that point."

In the short-term, the Tigers have just a five-day turn around until Thursday's crunch clash with Manly at Lottoland.

At this stage, it appears unlikely either will recover in time for that game with the Tigers likely needing to win three of their last four to reach the finals.

 

Farah’s injury could hasten the return of Josh Reynolds.
Farah’s injury could hasten the return of Josh Reynolds.

Meanwhile Farah's injury could prompt the return of Josh Reynolds to the Tigers NRL team.

Reynolds hasn't played first grade since round seven when he injured his knee, and has languished in reserve grade while being told he can look elsewhere. Jacob Liddle is the other option out of dummy-half, with the 22-year-old re-signed for next year and expected to replace Farah in 2020.

"(Josh) is available. We'll have a look at the chances of him playing (Sunday in reserve grade)," Maguire said.

"We'll have to look at the bumps and bruises from tonight (against Canterbury). We'll assess that in the next 24 hours."

 

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