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Saturday, 6 April 2019

Woods break adds to Cronulla's injury crisis


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Luckless Cronulla are sweating on the fitness of Aaron Woods after he suffered a suspected fractured foot in the Sharks' 24-12 NRL loss to Parramatta on Saturday.

After leaving the field in the 47th minute, the ex-NSW front-rower left ANZ Stadium in a moonboot and on crutches and it is feared he is set to add to the club's swelling injury list.

With co-captain Wade Graham (knee) and fullback Matt Moylan (hamstring) out, they suffered a series of injury blows in the lead up with Paul Gallen (ribs) ruled out during the week before halfback Shaun Johnson (quad) was scratched minutes before the warm-up.

The Sharks were valiant without five of their most senior players in the second-half but fell short against a rejuvenated Eels outfit.

Woods will have scans over the coming days and coach John Morris said his prognosis looked grim.

"He felt something pop when he passed the ball," Morris said.

"We can't take any luck at the moment. They need to rule out a fracture. He's in a boot and on crutches, so it's not a good sign."

The Sharks hope to have Gallen and Johnson back for next Saturday's blockbuster against premiers Sydney Roosters.

Morris said Johnson experienced tightness in his quad during goalkicking practice following Friday's captain's run before it flared in the sheds an hour before kick-off.

He pleaded with the coaching team to let him take the field, however the medical staff held him back for fear of suffering a serious injury.

He praised Johnson's replacement, Kyle Flanagan, who was thrown into the fray after believing all week he would sit in the dug out.

"Literally before warm up, our side has already gone in, and Shaun had some tightness in his quad," Morris said.

"It wasn't responding well to treatment and we just could't risk him.

"Kyle just literally found out then, lucky we had him as 18th man.

"It was one of those ones where he goes from thinking he's no chance of playing to being thrown a jumper."

One of the bright spots for the Sharks was debutant Bronson Xerri, who came into the side due to Moylan's absence, which triggered a backline reshuffle.

"I thought he looked really good," Morris said.

"You've got to remember he's only 18, hasn't even turned 19.

"It was a really tough game to come into. He prepares to be playing outside Shaun Johnson and that gets pulled from him as well. That adversity just before kick of, it's something he'll never forget that."

SHARKS INJURY LIST

* Shaun Johnson (quad, TBA)

* Aaron Woods (foot, TBA)

* Paul Gallen (ribs, round 5)

* Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 7)

* Wade Graham (knee, round 9-12)

Luckless Cronulla are sweating on the fitness of Aaron Woods after he suffered a suspected fractured foot in the Sharks' 24-12 NRL loss to Parramatta on Saturday.

After leaving the field in the 47th minute, the ex-NSW front-rower left ANZ Stadium in a moonboot and on crutches and it is feared he is set to add to the club's swelling injury list.

With co-captain Wade Graham (knee) and fullback Matt Moylan (hamstring) out, they suffered a series of injury blows in the lead up with Paul Gallen (ribs) ruled out during the week before halfback Shaun Johnson (quad) was scratched minutes before the warm-up.

The Sharks were valiant without five of their most senior players in the second-half but fell short against a rejuvenated Eels outfit.

Woods will have scans over the coming days and coach John Morris said his prognosis looked grim.

"He felt something pop when he passed the ball," Morris said.

"We can't take any luck at the moment. They need to rule out a fracture. He's in a boot and on crutches, so it's not a good sign."

The Sharks hope to have Gallen and Johnson back for next Saturday's blockbuster against premiers Sydney Roosters.

Morris said Johnson experienced tightness in his quad during goalkicking practice following Friday's captain's run before it flared in the sheds an hour before kick-off.

He pleaded with the coaching team to let him take the field, however the medical staff held him back for fear of suffering a serious injury.

He praised Johnson's replacement, Kyle Flanagan, who was thrown into the fray after believing all week he would sit in the dug out.

"Literally before warm up, our side has already gone in, and Shaun had some tightness in his quad," Morris said.

"It wasn't responding well to treatment and we just could't risk him.

"Kyle just literally found out then, lucky we had him as 18th man.

"It was one of those ones where he goes from thinking he's no chance of playing to being thrown a jumper."

One of the bright spots for the Sharks was debutant Bronson Xerri, who came into the side due to Moylan's absence, which triggered a backline reshuffle.

"I thought he looked really good," Morris said.

"You've got to remember he's only 18, hasn't even turned 19.

"It was a really tough game to come into. He prepares to be playing outside Shaun Johnson and that gets pulled from him as well. That adversity just before kick of, it's something he'll never forget that."

SHARKS INJURY LIST

* Shaun Johnson (quad, TBA)

* Aaron Woods (foot, TBA)

* Paul Gallen (ribs, round 5)

* Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 7)

* Wade Graham (knee, round 9-12)

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