Prop James Gavet has added to the Vodafone Warriors’ injury concerns following confirmation he’ll be sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken arm.
No break was evident in x-rays after he injured his right arm in Friday night’s match against Penrith.
However, further x-rays showed a fracture in the radius after Gavet reinjured his arm at training this week.
He joins a casualty list which includes Shaun Johnson (knee), Ryan Hoffman (foot), Albert Vete (arm), Charlie Gubb (hernia) and Nathaniel Roache (hamstring).
With Gavet out, Tongan-born Chris Satae will make his NRL debut as Vodafone Warrior #219 in tonight’s 20th-round match against North Queensland in Townsville.
The 192cm, 115kg Satae (24), who played at NYC level for Penrith in 2012, has been impressive for the Vodafone Warriors’ IntrustSuper Premiership side this season. He made 151 metres from 15 runs in Saturday’s 28-14 win against Illawarra.
Initially with the Glenora Bears after returning home from his stint with the Panthers, he then switched to the Point Chevalier Pirates.
Seeing Gavet was ruled out on the weekend was a cruel blow. We have had a semi decent run with injuries to start the year but looking at who we have out now with Hoffman, Vete, Gavet, Gubb and Roache it really hits our forward stocks.
Then add in Johnson and we are in a bit of a hole.