NRL 2020: Sydney Roosters lose three more players after sickening injuries

The Sydney Roosters are putting in a horror performance against the Melbourne Storm, falling to 14-0 at halftime, while adding to the side‘s injury concerns.

Without Cameron Smith and Cameron Munster, the Storm have barely skipped a beat in a clinical first half performance.

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But with plenty of players already on the injury list, it‘s been a costly match for the Roosters have added two injuries with Lachlan Lam suffering a syndesmosis ankle injury, while Mitchell Aubusson with a lower arm injury.

Aubusson‘s was particularly tough to watch.

With five minutes left in the half, he was caught in a sickening moment when the 301-gamer‘s arm was caught under Storm enforcer Nelson Asofa-Solamona.

Having been pushed over by a fend from Asofa-Solamona, the Storm prop then fell on the Roosters veteran with his arm being flattened in an ugly way.

Mitch Aubusson’s arm got crushed underneath Nelson Asofa-SolamonaSource:FOX SPORTS

Immediately Andrew Voss in commentary said “he is hurt Mitch Aubusson, he was trampled a couple of times there, he‘s in real strife Mitch Aubusson”.

The whistle then went off with Aubusson not in a good way.

“The toughness of rugby league encapsulated in that one replay,” Voss said of Aubusson who was clearly in pain.

I wouldn’t want big Nelson landing on me either. #ouch #pooraubo #nrl #nrlroostersstorm

You know it’s a bad injury if Aubusson goes off. That man is a machine. #nrl

It comes just a week before Aubusson was meant to equal Anthony Minichiello‘s club record of 302 games for the foundation club.

NRL Physio tweeted “Initial sideline report is possible wrist/forearm fracture for Aubusson, if confirmed at least 4-6 weeks recovery usually required for adequate bone healing. Not good news”.

Nasty for Mitch Aubusson, video brings concern for wrist hyperextension injury as left hand gets caught on the ground under weight of players. Concern for ligament sprain/nerve or tendon traction injury, hope no fracture. Best case: minor soft tissue sprain but didn’t look good pic.twitter.com/nZGRbzIe7i

For Lam, Braith Anasta said on Fox League that it was “a real shame for him, he had a big opportunity against one of the high quality sides to stamp his authority and maintain the number 7 jersey alongside Keary”.

By the 60th minute, the Roosters were without their starting halves with Luke Keary succumbing to a reported rib injury.

Fox League reported he had had treatment throughout the halftime break but a heavy tackle in the second half saw him come from the field and out of the match.

But soon after reports emerged that paramedics had been called to the rooms to look at Keary, who was in “a lot of pain” which was lower down with commentators speculating it could be an internal injury, with an ambulance called for the star.

Paramedics called to assess Luke Keary as pain now lower down from ribs, really hope no internal organ involvement but concern is there. Spleen sits on left side of abdomen where Keary displayed pain, can be injured in direct blows to the area. Fingers crossed for Keary pic.twitter.com/NuhtuM53lF

The NRL Physio Brien Seeney also wrote that there was “no confirmation of any possible organ involvement for Keary at this stage”.

However, it’s not out for the realms of possibility with the Cowboys’ Justin O’Neill suffering two broken ribs that caused a ruptured spleen in round 11 and saw him miss the remainder of the season.

The Roosters‘ injury list includes Victor Radley, Sam Verrills, Boyd Cordner, Daniel Tupou, Angus Crichton, Brett Morris and Jared Waerea-Hargraves.

It adds to a terrible start to the night for the Roosters who had just 14 from 21 completions, against the Storm, who have gone 17 from 21.

Two tries in the opening 20 minutes have put the Roosters to the sword with another other one gone begging after the bunker ruled Suliasi Vunivalu put his foot on the sideline.

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