Parramatta’s season of woe has suffered a further blow with the news that fullback Jarryd Hayne will be sidelined for up to four weeks with a foot injury.
Hayne suffered the injury during NSW’s 21-twenty reduction in the State of Origin decider and MRI scans on Friday exposed he has torn a ligament in his proper foot. First reports had Hayne only missing 1 or two matches.
Embattled Eels coach Stephen Kearney is yet to name a replacement for Hayne in his side to consider on premiers Manly in their round-18 NRL match at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
Centre Cheyse Blair has been cleared of any structural injury to his eye socket following a collision with Newcastle’s Timana Tahu and will play.
Working final on the NRL ladder with just three wins, Parramatta’s record without having Hayne will be a further source of despair for Eels enthusiasts. The club has won just one of 11 matches without having their superstar since 2009.